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Three starving horses found abandoned in Cherokee County

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Cherokee County marshals are looking for the owner of three horses found starving and abandoned on the side of a Canton road Tuesday. Two of the animals may be pregnant.

"They have a scale for horses and probably out of 10, they're probably around a two, if I had to guess," said Susan Garcia, director of the Cherokee County Animal Shelter.

The horse's ribs are sticking out, and they are bloated and dehydrated.

"You want to do more for them," said Deputy Marshal Melissa Haller, who helped rescue the horses. "You want to get out there and help them out the best you can."

The animal shelter is nursing the horses back to health while investigators try to track down the owner.

"With any of the ordinance violations here in Cherokee County, you could do jail time," said Haller.

Tuesday's rescue is one of several Cherokee County marshals have made in recent months.

"You just don't understand why people don't ask for help," said Garcia. "If you can't take care of the horses properly, if you can't feed them and make sure they have adequate water, find somebody that will." 

Garcia said it would be several weeks before the horses are nursed back to health. When they are, the shelter plans to put them up for adoption.

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