Kent County SPCA and Delaware Animal Control officials believe the five diseased and underweight horses recently confiscated in Camden will pull through.

Kent County SPCA officials believe all five of the underweight and diseased horses recently confiscated in Camden will pull through.

"At this point the horses that are in the worst shape are on a day-by-day status but the veterinarians seem hopeful," Delaware Animal Care & Control/ KCSPCA Chief Animal Control Officer Major Brian Whipple said Wednesday.

Kent County SPCA had announced on Tuesday that the five horses had been confiscated from a Camden property Oct. 18 after an anonymous caller tipped off the Kent County SPCA/Delaware Animal Care that the horses appeared to be in very poor condition on Oct. 17, Whipple said. Four officers from KCSPCA/DEACC rescued the five horses from the Camden property on grounds of animal cruelty.

"The previous owner was not a stranger to DEACC, having previously been ordered to provide vet and dental care for these horses as recently as July," Whipple had said. "They complied with the vet notice and were provided by their veterinarian a nutrition plan to improve the condition of the horses.

"This plan was not followed and as a result the horses were signed over by the previous owner who is facing numerous counts of animal cruelty," he added. "The KCSPCA is in charge of providing the care for the horses at this time."

The four mares and one gelding in the care of the Kent County SPCA range in age from 4 years old to 14, Whipple said. They all suffered from "a myriad of health conditions" that ranged from the skin condition called rain rot to severe dental issues that would require anesthesia to be treated once the horses were healthy enough for dental work.

"Rain rot is a essentially a skin infection," Whipple said. "It can because by wearing a blanket too long and it getting wet and staying damp or poorly ventilated damp barns," Whipple said. "I wouldn't say that having rain rot is a sign the animal has been outside to long or to much."

The mares and the one gelding were also all underweight and had to gain, respectively, 153, 203, 308, 315 and 333 pounds, he said. As a result, the horses were on a special feeding plan at the Kent County SPCA under guidelines of an equine veterinarian to gain weight in a safe period of time.

The weight gain was essential in allowing the horses with dental problems to receive the anesthesia required for dental work, Whipple said.

"These horses will require ongoing medical care and special feed while they attain their ideal body weights and physical conditions," Whipple said. "Once given a clean bill of health by their veterinarian, they will be placed up for adoption."

Delaware Animal Care and Control is a division of the KCSPCA.

"We handle the enforcement of the animal cruelty laws throughout the state and in New Castle and Sussex Counties we handle the dog control issues as well," Whipple said. "The two sides of the KCSPCA the animal care/sheltering side and the enforcement side work together to ensure that all animals are cared for appropriately and find homes."

He said he would not release the name of the owner of the Camden horses at this time.