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GRAFTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Five horses rescued from horrifying conditions in Grafton Township are now on the mend thanks to a group of special people.

Nearly three months ago the horses were found among dozens of dead animals and feces at a barn along State Route 303. It was one of the worst cases of animal abuse Lorain County humane workers say they have ever seen.

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"The barn was in terrible condition…we had the carcasses of a lot of dead animals on the property," recalled Greg Willey, Executive Director of the Friendship Animal Protective League. "This takes weeks if not months of abuse and neglect to get to this state."

Among the horses taken from the property was Big Red, a former thoroughbred race horse on the brink of starvation before his rescue.

"He was technically on the verge of death…really was in very poor shape," said Willey. "It has been an amazing recovery."

With the help of a very special foster family who prefers to remain anonymous, Big Red and his companions are making a complete turn around.

"Our foster family has worked tirelessly with him getting up all hours of the day and night feeding him in small increments to get him to a healthy weight," Willey added.

Not to mention their rescue is all thanks to a stranger who suspected something was wrong at Big Red's barn and tipped off authorities.

"It's always better just to be on the safe side and make that report," said Willey. "You never know when you're going to stumble across something like this."

Big Red's former owner and caretaker are both now facing animal cruelty and obstructing official business charges.

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