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HILL COUNTY (CBS 11 News) – Nearly 50 horses have been seized from a Hill County ranch operating as a horse rescue.

The Humane Society of North Texas along with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office took the animals from the Thunderfoot Equine and Rescue.

The horses were emaciated, injured and several of them were near death.

One horse had to be euthanized.

Sandy Shelby, the Executive Director of HSNT said the horses were living in deplorable conditions.

“It wasn’t a good place,” said Shelby. “It was a concentration camp…when you create starvation and suffering that’s pretty much an equal comparison.”

The Hill County Sheriff’s Department confirms the woman running the horse rescue could face multiple felony charges of animal cruelty.

She is scheduled to appear before a civil court next Monday.

The horses are now being treated at a ranch in Joshua.

There, veterinarians and volunteers will work to try to nurse them back to health.

The HSNT is now asking for help in caring for these horses.

They’re looking for volunteers and donations to help treat the horses.

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