32 Miniature Horses Surrendered to MSPCA-Nevins Farm and Animal Rescue League of Boston

March 9, 2012

BOSTON, March 9, 2012 – The MSPCA Nevins-Farm and Animal Rescue League of Boston combined forces yesterday afternoon to rescue 32 miniature horses kept on a small farm in West Boylston.  The overwhelmed owner voluntarily surrendered the animals after the state veterinarian concluded that their basic needs were not being met.  Fourteen of the horses—all desperately thin and laden with internal parasites—have been transported to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s facility in Dedham, while the remaining 18 were sent to the MPSCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen.


“This is one of the saddest rescues we’ve experienced in quite a while, with such a large number of animals in such desperate condition,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who oversees barn operations at MSPCA-Nevins Farm and who participated in the rescue along with her counterparts at ARL Boston.  “Fortunately, we and Animal Rescue League arrived in time to remove the horses from these deplorable conditions and begin the treatment they’ll need as we ready them for their new lives.”

 The horses arrive at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen (Photo credit: MSPCA-Nevins Farm)


Serious Health Issues Resulting from Neglect

The MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston’s arrival on the scene came at a crucial time.  All 32 horses are suffering from parasite infections, which will require a precise de-worming protocol to treat.  Their hooves are in such poor condition that the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston will rely on support from qualified farriers who are being brought in to repair them.  Moreover, the horses are suffering from severe skin infections, commonly referred to as rain rot, as a result of inadequate housing and living mostly outside.  The MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston will work tirelessly to resolve these health issues.


The MSPCA is caring for 18 of the horses and will eventually transfer them to outside rescue groups. The rescue groups will continue the horses’ rehabilitation and ultimately place them into forever homes. The horses being cared for at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham facility will remain there for the time being for monitoring and to undergo a careful 24-hour feeding program.


A Call for Donations

The extensive veterinary care that the horses will require is expected to run into the tens of thousands of dollars.  As a result the MSPCA-Nevins Farm has set up a donation page to enable members of the community to contribute to the care of the horses, and animals like them.


“These horses are extremely malnourished due to the alarmingly high level of intestinal parasites that are interfering with their ability to absorb nutrients,” explains Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

About the MSPCA-Angell
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Founded in 1899, The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In addition to the organization’s animal rescue, law enforcement, shelter, and veterinary headquarters in Boston, the ARL of Boston operates shelters in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster, Massachusetts. The ARL of Boston also maintains a fleet of animal ambulances and a mobile Spay Waggin’ providing subsidized spay/neuter services throughout Cape Cod and Massachusetts’ South Shore.