Neglected horses rescued in Chester County

January 22, 2010 3:56:30 PM PST
Officials today rescued 5 horses from despicable conditions in Chester County.

In the week since the horses were seized from a farm in Landenberg, they've begun to put on some weight and started on the road to recovery.

Given what they looked like, it could be a long road. The Large Animal Protection Society is much like the SPCA, but the only animals here are horses. In this case, they are very neglected ones.

Underneath their patchy winter coats there is nothing but skin and bones, sores, lice and ringworms. Five horses were confiscated from a farm in Landenburg 8 days ago. The SPCA warned the owner for months that the animals were in bad shape. They were so weak they didn't bother to stand up when authorities came to confiscate them.

The oldest of the horses was among those in the worst shape. Today he's filling out, but that's because the once-emaciated horses are all being fed 4 times a day.

The horses' owner, Mark Nedohon - who declined to talk to Action News - is expected to be served with court papers soon charging him with animal neglect. It won't be the first time.

Action News has learned that Nedohon and his father Richard, the former mayor of Pilesgrove, New Jersey, were charged with animal abuse in 2004, when they allegedly neglected 14 horses.

Bringing these horses back to healthy conditions wont come cheap for the non-profit agency. Anyone who can help is asked to go to the Large Animal Protection Society's web site to make a donation.