TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Three horses that nearly starved before being rescued by Twin Falls authorities will be up for auction on Saturday.

The horses were seized by Twin Falls County sheriff's deputies in December. They were found along with three other horses that had starved to death on property owned by 67-year-old Kenji Akagi.

Akagi was found guilty of six counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals in March.

The Times-News reports that one of the horses is a 16-year-old sorrel named Molly. Range Deputy Kelly Wilson says Molly was in such poor health that authorities thought she might not make it through the New Year.

The horses have been cared for with county money, and Wilson says the county must try to recoup its losses. Wilson says he'd just like them to go to a good home.

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Information from: The Times-News, www.magicvalley.com

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