Six Horses Rescued from Newstead Farm

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT

NEWSTEAD, NY (WKBW) An anonymous tip helped the Erie County SPCA rescue six horses from a farm in Newstead.

SPCA workers responded and found the horses living in unsafe conditions, including up to one foot of manure in some stalls.

The horses were extremely thin and appeared to be malnourished. Some of the horses suffered from medical conditions and most needed significant dental work.

SPCA workers had been to the property before, but they say the horses were being taken care of at that time.

“There was nobody to our knowledge residing on the property,” said Gina Browning, Director of Public Relations for the Erie County SPCA. “In the past there was no one living on the property but there was proof that someone was indeed caring for the horses even though no one was residing on the property. We did not have that confirmation this time."

The SPCA has not made contact with the horses’ owner yet, and charges are pending.

Tonight, the animals are in the care of the Erie County SPCA at their educational farm in Tonawanda.