Teenager Rescues Nine Horses from Slaughter, and They're Not the First

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Brynn Richmond with rescue horse

Teenager Brynn Richmond has saved nine more horses from slaughter. 

Nine more horses are alive today thanks to a teenager -- fifteen-year-old Brynn Richmond.

"When they loaded on the trailer yesterday, it was awesome," she said in an interview with 7News.

Growing up in Henderson, New York, Richmond has been saving horses since she was seven years old. She rescued her latest batch on Monday, when she and her father drove to Pennsylvania to pick up horses that were bound for the slaughterhouse.

Thanks to poor living conditions, the horses are in bad shape.

"I'm running my hand along the side of him and I can feel every rib in his body," Richmond said.

They will be quarantined at her grandfather's farm for about a month while they recover. As her mother, Kelly Richmond, said:

"There's discharged eyes and nose. We've heard coughing. We have to make sure that they're well before they can go to be around other horses, 'cause they can spread some pretty serious diseases."

Since she is off from school this week, most of Richmond's time will be spent bonding with and caring for the horses. It seems she is off to a good start.

"Two of them have already warmed up a lot," she said. "Like yesterday, I couldn't have come in and pet any of these guys."

Caring for rescue horses is a lot of hard work, but Richmond has had a lot of help and support from family, friends and even people she's never met. She was able to raise more than $4,000 through Go Fund Me to help pay for the transportation and vet bills that came with this latest batch of rescues.

After their quarantine is over, five of the rescue horses will go on to new homes, and four will be staying with Richmond.

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