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More than 50 horses seized in Dinwiddie

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Dinwiddie Animal Control officers make a major bust. The department today took control of 60 animals -- mostly horses -- which they believe were in danger.

None of the animals were dead, but Dinwiddie Animal Control officers believed if they didn't step in, it was only a matter of time.

A farm on White Oak Road in Dinwiddie had been on the radar of the county's Animal Control for some time.

They noticed the herd was growing increasingly sick. 60 animals in all...53 adult horses, a 1 week old foal, 3 miniature horses and 4 donkeys.

Every one of the animals is now under the care of Animal Control. They have been put under emergency vet care. The vet staff, which specializes in equine care will determine what, other than malnourishment, the horses are dealing with and get them ready to be placed in new private facilities.

Two of the horses, now under Animal Control care are also pregnant. The county is now responsible for the entire herd.  

But this large herd is not going anywhere. The county doesn't have a facility they can move them all too, so they will keep them where they are, but under 24 hour supervision.

The county will not release the name of the herd's current owners. and at this point they have not discussed criminal charges.

It could take several weeks to get the animals in a position to be placed on new farms. When they are the county plans on reaching out to members of the local equine community for help.

The Dinwiddie County Animal Control office is also accepting donations that could help with the care and feeding of the animals during this transition. Call 469-4547 if you think you can help.

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