SUFFOLK, Va. - Whispering into the horse's ear, Sherry Smith cooed, "Sweet, sosweet."
Smith has been around horses her whole life and in years ofcaring for the animals that are as powerful as they are delicate,she's never seen horses need help like these.
"She's starving really bad," said Smith of the mare she waswalking. "She's really, really hungry."
Smith and her neighbors found five horses - four female and onemale - in a small clearing a mile down a gravel road in Suffolk.The horses were tied to trees with dog leashes and given buckets ofwater to survive -- but no food.
Rescuers brought in a trailer to take the horses to a nearbystable, where a vet can treat them.
Animal control searched for any more malnourished horses butdidn't find any.
One at a time, the horses climbed into a trailer on their way toa better place. For the horses, a short ride to the stables was ajourney to better care on the long road to recovery.
After our first story aired on WAVY News 10 at 6 on Saturday, aviewer called Suffolk police and identified the horse owner. Policesaid they'll release more information about the owner and thecharges in the next few days.
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