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Neglected horses closer to loving homes

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ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) -

Once neglected horses are a step closer to loving homes.

WSMV has been to plenty of county-run animal shelters overrun with dogs and cats.

In Cheatham County, they also have horses to take care of, and rehabilitating them has been a community effort.

"When (one of the horses) first came in, he had a hard time walking, stumbled over his own feet," said Thomas Jordi, Cheatham County Animal Control director. "These days we have a hard time keeping up with him."

The county animal shelter is currently home to four horses with several more on the way.

Animal control workers found the horses emaciated and seized them.

Since then, they've gained more than 100 pounds, and every bit of food they've been fattening up on has been donated to the shelter.

"The sad thing is, horses don't have the ability to get out and get the food themselves when no one is feeding them," said Jordi. "Dogs, they can dig, jump, whatever it takes to get something to eat. Horses don't have that option."

The shelter is hoping to fix up a nearby field to give the horses a place to roam. They're asking for donations of wire, fence posts and time.

They need volunteers to work with the horses and help clean them up when they're done playing, and they're doing a lot more playing these days.

"All of them came in with their heads down, their ears down, really didn't have much personality," said Jordi. "Now they're nothing but personality. Their heads are up, their ears are perked. They listen to everything going on around them, and they're getting really good at going for walks."

If you're interested in donating, volunteering or adopting one of the horses, click for the Cheatham County Animal Control's Facebook page for information.

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