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“So glad I got my horse out of there"

Henrietta, N.Y. -- A young woman from Henrietta bought a horse months ago from the farm in Sodus at the center of an animal cruelty investigation.

Victoria Rhinehart named the horse Polaris, and said she fell in love with her horse's blue eyes.

"(I'm) so glad I got my horse out of there because she's like my best friend," she said.

A couple of weeks ago, Wayne County investigators found two dead horses and 16 others in poor shape. They also seized a pony, cows and birds.

On Friday, the owner of the farm on North Centenary Road, Cindy Denninger, turned herself into police.

She was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty and, as of Sunday, was still being held at the Wayne County Jail.

Rhinehart told 13WHAM the horses appeared to have been fed in November when she bought Polaris, but she noticed the farm was a bit off.

"The barn was awful and it was really bad living conditions," she said. "They fed them like cooked corn mash stuff. I didn't know what was in it, but I knew it was corn. They couldn't explain what size hay flake they used or type of flakes they used for hay."

Investigators said veterinarians are keeping a very close eye on all the horses that were seized. They are trying to determine if there were any underlying issues with the animals, or if they were simply in bad health because of malnourishment and lack of care.

Lollypop Farm is watching over 15 of the horses. One was taken in with a broken leg. Lollypop said that horse is doing better, but is concerned about long-term effects.

Lollypop is also closely monitoring two horses. One came in with a fresh injury, and another horse has colic. Colic is known to be the most-common killer of horses.

Cracker Box Palace is also taking care of one horse and several of the other animals that were seized.

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