Authorities in Fremont County, Iowa, have confiscated four emaciated horses from a farm near Farragut and ticketed one of the people who lived there.

Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland is finding a new home for the animals, one Arab horse and three quarter horses, said Deputy Andrew Wake of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

Wake and a veterinarian visited the farm near Farragut late Monday afternoon after someone called police. The veterinarian examined the horses and determined they were being neglected — two were several hundred pounds underweight.

The deputy and veterinarian left, but Wake soon had to return.

“We were making arrangements to remove the horses and one of the (residents) out there decided to release the horses,” Wake said.

The Sidney police chief, Wake and another resident of the farm rounded the horses up.

Wake cited the man who released the horses on suspicion of interfering with official acts and livestock neglect and took him to jail.

On Tuesday, the man, 22, pleaded guilty and paid a fine, Wake said. A judge ordered the horses removed. Wake would not say where they are being held.

People interested in adopting the horses can call the Fremont County Sheriff's Office at (712) 374-2424.

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