01-09-07 Humane Society professionals say cases of neglect seem to becoming more common, and they urge buyers to think hard before buying large animals like horses.
Summer drought and wildfires caused a spike in the price for a bale of hay, so officials say it costs more to feed a herd of animals like horses or cattle.
Humane Society Officials advise people to think hard before buying horses and consider the costs of food, shelter and regular medical attention.
They say a typical horse will eat about 20 pounds of hay and drink about eight gallons of water every day
"If they find themselves with too many horses then they need to reach out for help before horses get into a condition where they are starving or dying," said Elizabeth Knizley.
Officials say with good care, a horse can live to be 35 years old