|Updated: 3/08/2013 9:15 am
||Published: 3/07/2013 7:47 pm
On Thursday night, four horses in Delaware County were removed from their home, the owners are on disability and the condition of the horses is being described as malnourished.
“If they are to go down they would never get up,” said Terry Way. “Their hip bones are out and their ribs; it’s obvious she has tried but she needs help and she needs the public’s help.”
He owns Way’s Ranch Horse Rescue and removed the animals so they can be cared for at his sanctuary in Quapaw.
Way says he received an anonymous tip about the horses in Grove and by Thursday had an agreement with the owners was made to temporarily remove the horses.
The horses were found outside of Grove on Oleta Ryan’s property.
“I love horses more than I do men,” says Ryan.
It was a painful goodbye for Ryan and her family who say they would never deliberately hurt their horses.
“Oh baby, oh pretty boy, mamma loves you," said Ryan.
Way believes one of the horses is pregnant.
“There could be a possibility that there is a dead foal. It’s tough to swallow that part,” said Way.
Way and Ryan tell FOX23 News the agreement requires Ryan to clean up her property and when the horses are healthy they can be returned to her home in Grove.
“She’s doing the right thing now, getting them the help they need,” said Way.
Rescuers believe her heart is in the place but says Ryan needs to be educated on how to care for her horses.
“This is not going to disappear. So many horses die because they disappear,” said Mendy Smallwood.
So Way and his crew are gathering up the horses to take them to his sanctuary in Quapaw.
“The goal here is to get these horses taken care of. Not take ownership,” Smallwood.
Rescuers say part of the agreement is that Ryan cleans up the pasture, removes debris and trash and mend the fences.
“She needs to show means that she has the ability to take care of them and that comes with education,” said Smallwood.
Way says the family needs the community’s help.
“What really needs to happen is that the neighborhood and the community need to step up and say how we can help,” said Way.
Ryan says she and her daughter are physically challenged.
“We are both on disability checks and we are both trying to do the best we can,” said Francine Rollins.
Way says it could take 30 to 45 days to rehabilitate the horses.
The Delaware County Sheriff did not return FOX23 News' call and the deputy on the scene would not comment.