This happens so often these days. My Mom is an Animal Control Officer in Washington State, they just adopted horses out after housing them for over 3 months. Seized 38 horses, had to put down 12 that were either dangerous (never been handled/violent/self mutilating) or for medical reasons, the people GOT 11 BACK! The judge gave 11 of them back because those were in good health (because when they had the hearing they had already been in custody for over a month.) And the rest were finally adopted out within the last month or so.
The ridiculous thing is this is happening every month or so over here. =(