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Last of seized Sabine Parish horses find foster homes

Charles Ford is charged with animal cruelty Charles Ford is charged with animal cruelty

The last four horses seized from a Sabine Parish ranch earlier this month will be sent to foster homes on Monday. Now that all of the horses have been removed, examined and counted, the scale of that rescue operation has become clear.

The Sabine Humane Society reports that a total of 79 neglected and starving horses were seized on January 7th, by order of a judge. Seven were already dead. Another four had to be euthanized that weekend.

That left 68 horses to be removed from the property by several animal rescue agencies working in the region. Of those horses, six later died from health complications.

That left a total of 62 horses that survived following their removal from Charles Ford's Hillcrest Farms near Many, Louisiana.

It was described by some as a graveyard, with the official death toll at 25 horses so far. Some fear the actual toll is even higher.

The Sabine Humane Society took in the final 13 of those 62 horses and have already placed nine of them. 

Sabine Parish District Attorney Don Burkett has said that he will decide how many counts of animal cruelty Ford will face once he gets the final reports in from the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office and the Humane Society.

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