"We’ve seen a massive upsurge in the abandonment and abuse of horses,” she said.
She urges people to call for help with their animals before it gets so bad.
"People do not have to let themselves get to the point where their crisis becomes criminal.”
No arrests have been made. The animals’ owner was cooperative and signed the horses over to the sheriff’s department, Brooks said.
Evidence will be collected, and it will be up to the district attorney’s office whether any charges will be filed.
Many of the horses will be moved to Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue where they will be rehabilitated and put up for adoption, Fullerton said.
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is collecting donations to help with the cost of caring for the horses. All money will go directly to the animals’ care, said Steinberger.
Money can be mailed to 2642 E 21st St., Suite 120, Tulsa OK, 74114. Garvin County horses should be written on the memo line. For more information on the alliance, call (918) 742-3700 or visit www.animalallianceok.org.