Published Tuesday, 29 November 2011
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A total of 63 horses, donkeys and ponies were found by police at the Lisnevenagh Road site last Tuesday, living amongst nine animal carcasses.
They were starving to death in dire conditions with no clean bedding, no water and nowhere for them to move around - four have since had to be put down.
However the surviving animals have now been taken to a number of sanctuaries across Northern Ireland where they are receiving care.
At the Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary in Antrim, 16 ponies have been getting used to their new surroundings.
Founder of the charity Lyn Friel says the animals had been "stomach deep" in their own waste when they were discovered.
"There's not one thing wrong with these ponies, there's everything," she told UTV.
"They have mud fever, they have brain scald, they are emaciated and the worst of it is that most of them don't know anything about proper food.
"I don't know where they have been or where they have come from originally but they have no idea of proper eating.
"Some of their temperatures are sitting at 103. They are really sick animals."
A vet from the Redwings Sanctuary in England has been flown over to help.
Nicola Berryman will be assessing the ponies in the coming days and nursing them back to health.
She said: "This is one of the worst cases that Redwings has ever seen, it's pretty severe but hopefully they can come out of it.
"Their general condition is pretty poor; they do have numerous issues behind them. We haven't managed to assess all of them so at the moment we're just nursing them and trying to get them back to health.
"We will assess them on an individual basis and go from there with any medical conditions that arise."
Police said they are determined to catch those responsible for what they have described as "horrendous cruelty".
"Every officer who attended has been affected by what they saw," said Sgt Alison Liddle.
"This has made us determined to pursue the persons responsible and make sure they are found amenable for their despicable cruelty in a court of law."
Anyone with information has been asked to come forward.