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Published November 09, 2012, 09:19 PM

11 neglected horses are rescued near Perham

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) -- Authorities in Otter Tail county executed a large rescue mission just North of Perham.

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) -- Authorities in Otter Tail county executed a large rescue mission just North of Perham.

Deputies got the search warrant today. They took 11 neglected horses off the farmstead, some in better shape than others.

Authorities say the caretaker ignored suggestions and warnings, forcing deputies into action. Just in time too, initially the rescue crew thought they might lose one horse.

You don't have to be an animal expert to know this does not look right.

Out of the 11 recovered horses, this one is in the worst shape.

Charlotte Tuhy: "You know it's kind of a heart breaker isn't it, but the good news is he's here he's got bright eyes and a good attitude.."

And then you got this little baby miniature horse, the vet says its pot belly is likely filled with parasites.

Owner of High Tail Horse Ranch and Rescue Charlotte Tuhy teamed up with law enforcement today. She says these horses were in a bare pasture,

no grass, no feed, some of the animals even resorting to eating the trees.

Charlotte Tuhy: "you can find situations where horses have been mishandled and mis-treated and have problems trusting people but we find that you can turn it around in a hurry almost every time by having a gentle -- treat them fairly and they respond ."

Tuhy says rescuing horses is becoming more common this year at the horse sanctuary. All of the stables are full, as the farm is closing in on capacity.

She says it's likely because of the drought, you're not seeing lush pastures, hay is twice the price from this time last year. It's putting her non profit in a bind.

Charlotte Tuhy: "we have a waiting list of horses that need help but we prioritize things like this because you have to."

No charges were filed or arrests made today in this case, all police can tell us is the investigation is ongoing.

But the horses are now in good hands, for this one, a blanket tonight, more food tomorrow, he could be exercising in days, on the path to a full recovery.

Tuhy is now searching for people to foster or adopt these horses. If you'd like to help in anyway we created a link on our website, just go to, click on the easy link tab and then "horse rescue.