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Mass. Shelter Sees Another Horse Surrenders Record

Officials at a shelter for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say 2010 has been the third year in a row they have received a record number of horses given up by their owners.

MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen said Monday that 74 horses have already been surrendered to the non-profit this year — eclipsing last year's record of 70 equines.

The jump comes after four horses arrived at Nevins Farm last week following a foreclosure and another was surrendered after it got sick and its owner could not afford the veterinary care.

Melissa Ghareeb, manager of the Nevins Farm Equine & Farm Animal Adoption Center, said the poor economy is still the main reason owners are giving up horses.

This program aired on December 20, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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