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LEBANON, Mo. (KSDK) - Eleven horses have a new temporary home at the Long Meadow Rescue Ranch in Union.

After several warnings to their owners, the horses were taken from a property in Laclede County after being found malnourished. One was taken to a vet because it needed immediate medical care.

The Humane Society of Missouri said the horses are so thin, the signs they weren't getting adequate care were obvious: no access to water and limited amount of hay for feeding.

"The veterinarian will start them on a strict feeding schedule, five small meals a day, and start to get their weight back up and of course they'll be given full veterinary exams and make sure there's no other issues they have," says Anne McLaughlin.

Once they're healthy, the horses will be put up for adoption; that could take a few months.

The name of the owner has not been released but Humane Society officials are asking for charges to be filed.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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