Emaciated horse seized after years of neglect

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Animal Services rescues neglected horse Molonko.
Animal Services rescues neglected horse Molonko.

SAN DIEGO – An emaciated horse named Molonko was seized by animal control officers after years of trying to educate the owner on how to care of the animal, authorities said Wednesday.

San Diego County Animal Control officers went to the Tijuana River Valley stable after getting a phone call about Molonko. They found a very underweight 7-year-old mare with a sore on her withers, shoes on her back feet and only nails remained from shoes that were missing on her front hooves.

The owner was boarding a horse at the facility and was responsible for providing food and water to the animals.

Animal Services said other people at the stable said the owner told them he was just going to let the horse die.

This is the third time in three years County Animal Services has checked on the mare. In 2013, the horse was underweight and an animal control officer educated the owner regarding proper care, County Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa said.  A year later, the horse was monitored and had gained weight.

“If you have an animal, you owe it to that animal to provide nutritious food and veterinary care and not simply say we’re going to let it die,” said County Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa. “This horse was in horrible shape.”

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