It's a story that's painful to any horse lover. Malnourishment, disease and a living space covered in manure. All reasons why these farmers drove two hours to Newark, Wisconsin so they can rescue about a dozen of Sharon Wolfersheim's horses. But they're not the only ones getting involved.
"They don't have a voice they can't say I'm hungry or I need water I mean if you're gonna own animals you need to feed them you need to water them you need to make sure they get the proper care," says farmer Nicole VanAcker.
Vanacker called the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after visiting Wolfersheim's farm this week. Vanacker says she was interested in buying one of her horses, but was appalled with what she found.
"Some of them have rain rot and it's not right when you see hips and ribs and I mean it was sad," she says.
Cruelty case workers at PETA call this an "animal concentration camp." But despite several trips to court, some say Wolfersheim still hasn't learned her lesson. That's why animal activists are stepping in.
"The situation has been going on for a very long time and this individual already keeps getting away with slaps on the wrist and its' time that the authorities who's job it is to enforce the law do so and do so in a meaningful way," says cruelty case worker Peter Wood.
Wood says he's written a letter to the Rock County District Attorney urging him to take away Wolfersheim's animals. And VanAcker says she's willing to care for some her horses if more come in harms way.
We tried getting a response from the District Attorney's office, however our calls were not returned. Sharon Wolfersheim refused an interview as well.