NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Nelson County equine rescue is taking care of dozens of horses rescued from a Mount Jackson property last week.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office says the Animal Control Division responded to a complaint of more than 100 horses on a farm on the 2300 block of Quicksburg Road on June 15.

When they got there, the deputies saw several severely malnourished horses in poor living conditions.

Several animals had visible hip bones, ribs and little fat cover.

The rescue operation required four teams of veterinarians to examine the whole herd.

Once the property was deemed to be inadequate living conditions for the animals due to insufficient food, the horses were seized.

Nearly 100 horses were removed from the property and are being cared for at Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue in Afton, the Central Virginia Horse Rescue in Fredericksburg, and the Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network in Winchester.

Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue which is taking in 36 horses, shares some details on the condition the horses were found in.

"They're all on the same property. Some of them were in a barn in stalls with no food, no water. Others were out in fields that were not designed to hold that many horses. Again, they haven't had any food, so they started to eat the fencing for food," said Courtney Thompson, Hope's Legacy Leadership team and adoptions coordinator. 

This rescue will cost Hope's Legacy over $20,000. Their biggest need right now is money. To donate, visit