Two dead horses and 10 starving steeds were recovered Monday from a large barn in the 3200 block of Slocum Road, El Paso County sheriff's deputies reported.
Complaints of animal neglect prompted a search warrant, which was executed by the sheriff's Rural Enforcement Outreach Team, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center.
The living horses were taken to a boarding facility.
"Samples from the deceased horses were collected for further evaluation to determine if felony charges are appropriate," the Sheriff's Office said.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with the correct organizations that assisted the Sheriff's Office in executing the search warrant.