The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) spent Tuesday rescuing eight equine - six horses and two mules - living in severe neglect.

The ACT first became aware of the animals living outside of Milan, Mo. in Sullivan County back in June. Both the ACT and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office attempted to work with the property owner to improve the condition for the animals, but their health continued to deteriorate.

Per a press release, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for the property owner to restrict ownership of the animals.

The equines were found to be extremely thin when ACT investigators visited the property earlier this month. There was no food available, and there was no clean water being served.

"We are recommending prosecution to the fullest extent of the law and will do everything we can to give these animals the second chances they so desperately deserve," said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.

The animals were transported to the Humane Society of Missouri's rehabilitation ranch, Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

The owner of the equine is expected to be charged with six counts of animal abuse and neglect.

Photos: Rescued equine in Sullivan County