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NICHOLSON -- A horse and her five-month-old foal are now in the protection of the Endless Mountains Animal League in Wyoming County.

An animal cruelty officer said the two animals were severely malnourished. She got a warrant to take away the mare and foal. She plans to file charges against the owner and wants to remove more horses from the home near Nicholson.

There is now plenty of feed for this mother horse and her young.

Endless Mountains Animal League is now caring for the two at a secret location in Wyoming County, a way of protecting them from their owner, and nursing them back to health.

Volunteers said the two animals were found extremely malnourished. The five-month-old foal is the size of a two week old.

"It's just devastating to see what they've come out of, where they were and what they've come out of.  It's just heartbreaking," said Cheryl Dellaglio of Endless Mountains Animal League.

An animal cruelty officer said she got a warrant to take the horses from this home along Harry Holod Road near Nicholson on Friday.

The officer identifies the owner as Juanita Bolthouse.

There are other horses on the property. The animal league volunteers hope to get help for them too.

"It's just sad, they're innocent creatures abused by people who should know better," said Dellaglio.

The two horses are doing much better just since Friday. But they need a lot of care and the Endless Mountain Animal League needs a lot of help to pay for that.

"I don't care if they have animals but I want them to take care of them, if they have them and they have too many that they're able to care of," said Frank Sawicki, a neighbor.

Sawicki is a neighbor to the Bolthouse home. He said he's been complaining about the place and the animals for five years. He's glad to see action taken now and see at least some of the horses getting help.

"It's so frustrating, really frustrating.  They act like the neighbors are the problem not them. Now that the law enforcement is getting involved, things are starting to happen," said Sawicki.