ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Close to two dozen horses were seized from the home of an elderly woman this week after she realized she could no longer afford to care for them, Orangeburg County's director of Animal Control says.
Officials say the woman sought out the help of animal control officers.
One horse passed away on the property shortly before Animal Control officers arrived to assist, according to the official. Animal Control also had to euthanize two at their facilities due to medical complications.
Most of the animals were dispersed across several horse rescues. Six horses still remained with Orangeburg's Animal Control on Thursday.
Five of them are now in the care of two Hollywood horse farms.
L.E.A.R.N horse rescue near Hollywood took in four horses.
Dream Wranglers Ranch is currently caring for two horses, though there are plans in place to pick up three additional animals this week.
The horses vary in health and age, according to officials. Most of the animals are older.
Porter said Animal Control will not be pressing charges against the woman at this time. A pending trial would have required the animals to stay with Animal Control, rather than be cared for by outside organizations.
Despite the tragic loss of some of the horses, officials are thankful that the woman called and reached out for help when she did.
Supplies, including feed and hay, as financial support for veterinary bills are needed. Orangeburg County Animal Control can be reached at
(803) 534-0045 for additional information.