Two starving and abused horses that were rescued from a boarding facility in Miami Gardens were recovering Monday, according to the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Paint horses were found Sunday at the facility, nailed inside a stable that had to be torn down to reach them, the SPCA said.
SPCA spokeswomna Laurie Waggoner said they were called by Miami Gardens Police to take care of the emaciated horses.
"They were in filthy, disgusting, deplorable living conditions, stalls made out of pallets, several inches thick with manure," Waggoner said.
The horses, a gelding and a mare, were left inside to die, according to the SPCA.
"Left without water, the horses were eating wood and their own manure (feces) in order to survive," Waggoner said in a statement.
Waggoner said the mare has a 50 percent chance of survival, and suffered from cuts and scrapes and a huge hole over her hip bone. The gelding was in slightly better condition.