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Two horses at Red Clay rescue are fighting to live. Lee and Phil Rast rescued them after they were nearly starved to death by a Dade County woman.

Twenty-one-year-old Emily Brown was arrested on one felony charge of Aggravated Cruelty to animals and several misdemeanor charges. Authorities weren’t sure the last time the horses had been fed. One had already starved to death.

"There wasn't a green blade of anything. The trees were knawed down, there was nothing green there except a bayonet plant and a horse can't eat that,” Lee Rast said.

One of the two horses, Dakota, is doing well. But the other, Kirby, is 400 pounds underweight.

"He's exceptionally weak,” she said. “We've had questions from the day we picked him up as to whether or not he would make it. We're going to head over to Canton to a sister rescue and pick up a sling."

The sling will get Kirby standing, and hopefully back on his feet for good. Rast says in all her years of rescuing horses, she's only seen one in this rough of shape.

"Well I was shocked and appalled and more than a little angry,” she said.

Coming back from starvation is a long, hard process. Rast says many people get overwhelmed by the expense of a horse, leading to neglect. But this case goes beyond the norm, and she thinks Brown should have known better.

"For her, I don't stand in judgment. I will let the courts take care of that,” Rast said. “I will tell you that we have laws on the books already for animal cruelty. We don't need any more laws, we need people who will actually enforce the laws."

Fighting for life takes a toll on the horses and on Rast. But she says seeing the will to live in their eyes keeps her fighting.

Brown is currently out on bond from the Dade County jail, where she was taken after her arrest.

For more information about Red Clay Rescue, visit their website.