Hungry horses rescued

, Posted: Thu, March 13 2014 at 9:04 AM, Updated: Thu, March 13 2014 at 9:14 AM

Buckeye, Ariz. -- (KPNX)  Nine horses were seized from a Buckeye, Arizona woman's property on Wednesday after the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous letter about possible animal abuse.

Early Wednesday morning, deputies arrived at the home and found 11 horses, 13 dogs and one goat.

Nine of the horses were seized because of malnutrition and taken to the Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic in Buckeye for rehabilitation. 

Alana Hendrix, a veterinarian at the clinic, said the horses will stay with them for two weeks before being transferred to the sheriff's animal-care unit.

One of the horses taken to the clinic was a Clydesdale that was 700 to 800 pounds underweight.  According to the Clydesdale Breeders of the United States, a Clydesdale can weigh anywhere from 1,600 to 2,400 pounds.

Investigators believe financial issues could be the cause of the animal abuse.

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