Adopt-A-Thon seeks homes for 16 horses rescued in 57-animal seizure at Surrey hobby farm

SPCA expects to recommend charges against animal owner this week.

Spice Girl is one of the horses currently in the SPCA's care. The animal welfare group is holding an Adopt-a-Thon on Saturday

SURREY — The SPCA is holding an Adopt-A-Thon Saturday for 16 horses rescued in the 57-animal seizure from a Surrey hobby farm last month.

Thirty-five dogs were also seized, including golden retrievers, Dalmations and Pomeranians, as well as six six cats.

The SPCA says the animals suffered from various states of severe malnutrition and were kept in substandard living conditions without access to water, food or shelter.

The horses were also suffering from chipped, cracked and overgrown hooves, according to the group.

“Some of the horses were emaciated, their hip bones were clearly visible, they had no body fat on them. One of the miniature stallion horses had grossly overgrown hooves,” said senior animal protection officer Eileen Drever. “So much so that we call them ski boots.”

Most of the smaller animals have been adopted at SPCA shelters throughout the region but the livestock take longer to recover, Drever explained.

“Ever since the public were made aware of the seizure everybody wants to come down to visit the animals. We want the public to come in and view the animals,” she said. “That way, if anybody is infested in adopting, they can submit an application to adopt.

“The animals may not necessarily go to the highest bigger, but to the best home.”

Click here to see the animals up for adoption.

Drever noted that although the public can view the horses Saturday, the animals still need time to gain more weight before they can be adopted.

The Adopt-A-Thon will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the SPCA’s Surrey facility at 16748 50th Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 26. In addition to the  horses, the SPCA also has goats, llamas, geese and chickens available to adopt from separate seizures.

Meanwhile, the SPCA expects to recommend charges this week against the owner the animals were taken from.

“The reason we’re so delayed in submitting them is we had to wait on reports from veterinarian,” explained Drever. “We’re dealing with quite a few vets.”

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

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