Starving Horses in Ocala
While the horse racing world celebrates the accomplishments of beautiful, healthy horses like Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, some other horses are simply struggling to survive.
Three horses in Ocala were so malnourished, they looked like walking skeletons.
And for one baby horse named Tonka who was 100 pounds underweight, death's door was closer than anyone knew. Despite the efforts of veterinarians, she died Monday night.
Tonka and two other horses were taken from a farm in Ocala where officials say they were starved by their caregivers.
The woman who attempted to rescue the animals says she reported the abuse to animal control.
"It's my understanding that charges are going to be issued against both caretakers and the owner," said Theresa Batchelor, co-owner of Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue.
The owner of the three horses, Todd Williams, could not be reached for comment.
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