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6:38 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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DALLAS, Ga. -- Four horses -- Twilight, Gracie, Cody and Dakota -- all nearly starved to death in a Hiram home, where they were found by Paulding County Animal Control.

Their owners have been charged with animal cruelty.

In the meantime, county officials had to act quickly to get the animals to a veterinarian and find a home for them.

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"We had to do something immediately," said Sgt. Tony Collum of the Paulding County Marshall Bureau and Animal Control. "We had to get some help in there. We had to figure out what we needed to do to get these horses taken care of."

Would the horses have survived if they had not been rescued?

"I don't think so, no," Collum said.

But as the horses are being nursed back to health, something important was missing from their diet and county officials said they had no funds to get it.

"We're just trying to get the horses some fruits and vegetables. Something that they can get a little of-like a desert so to speak, so they can have something more than just the feed and hay they are on," Collum said.

Within an hour after 11Alive's Help Desk began looking for help for the horses, the Kennesaw Costco store said they would supply up to 30 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables a day to get the horses back to health.

"That would be great! One of the biggest things we can do is volunteer like that. To get a donation of that nature is a tremendous help for this department," Collum said.

Paulding County will send volunteers to the Costco store three times a week to pick up the apples, pears, carrots and other fruits and vegetables the horses will enjoy as their special treats.

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