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Poor 'Mommas'! Skeletal Horse Found Tied To A Tree in Ontario Without Food or Water

Photo of Mommas from the Inland Valley Humane Society
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A horse on the brink of starvation was found tied up in a ditch in Ontario. The rescuers named the horse "Mommas" and sent herl to a horsie rehab in Pomona, where they will try to nurse her back to health.

"I've never seen an animal that starved and still alive," Nikki Barth told KTLA television. The 20-year-old horse is about 300 lbs. underweight.

Barth witnessed the rescue. Although Mommas was tied up to a tree in a ditch and left to die almost out of sight, a passer-by on Eucalyptus Street managed to spot the horse and call the Inland Valley Humane Society.

Typically the humane society will get one call for an abandoned horse every year, but Mommas is the eighth one this year. Beth Les, who works at the humane society, blames the economy and rising hay prices. Even euthanizing a horse can cost between $300 and $500.

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"For someone who can't afford the hay, that's an exorbitant amount of money," she said.

The Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona is looking for clues about Mommas' previous owner. Anonymous tips can be called in at (909) 623-9777.