The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Law en­force­ment seized two se­verely ema­ci­ated horses Wed­nes­day from a ru­ral El Paso County prop­erty as part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an­i­mal cru­elty.

Deputies with the El Paso County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rived about 9:45 a.m. at the prop­erty near the 3400 block of Merid­ian Road, about 16 miles east of Col­orado Springs, to serve a search war­rant. At the prop­erty, they found the two horses as well as two dead chick­ens.

The horses were trans­ported to a board­ing fa­cil­ity ap­proved by the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals and the chick­ens’ bod­ies will un­dergo au­top­sies to de­ter­mine the cause of their deaths.

The own­ers of the an­i­mals have not been charged in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Na­talie Sosa, an El Paso County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokes­woman, but charges against them are pend­ing.

Sosa did not know if there were other an­i­mals left at the prop­erty. — Elise Sch­melzer,

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