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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Greener Pastures Ahead for Rescued Nebraska Horses?

Dear Readers,
Just got this news report from the Humane Society. I'll have details and photos later -- maybe in tomorrow's newsletter.
I know it's a long shot, but if any of you happen to end up adopting one of these horses, PLEASE let me know. I'd love to do a story on you for YOUNG RIDER magazine!

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (April 23, 2009) – More than 210 wild horses rescued last week from the 3-Strikes Ranch are gaining strength and putting on weight at their temporary home at the Bridgeport Fairgrounds. Necropsy results are back for several of the horses found dead on the Alliance, Neb. property.

The necropsy results demonstrated significant fat and muscle atrophy, especially around the heart. This type of atrophy is consistent with starvation. The deceased horses also suffered from extreme parasitic infestation. Local veterinarians who delivered the results stated that pathology reports show no poisons in the horses’ systems.

“These animals are alleged to have been subjected to long periods of neglect and starvation, but they are extremely resilient. We expect all of the rescued horses to recover,” said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The Humane Society of the United States. “At this point we are reaching out to wild horse sanctuaries and private individuals equipped to house and humanely care for wild mustangs in order to place these animals.”

The horses were initially seized by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Department, but since their rescue have been handed over to the custody of Habitat for Horses. Nearly 210 horses were initially rescued from the ranch, but the number of horses continues to increase because of births. The Humane Society of the United States, Habitat for Horses, Front Range Equine Rescue, The Bureau of Land Management and local volunteers have all come together to rescue and care for these animals. The HSUS will continue to provide staff and volunteers to care for the animals until they are sent to foster care or permanent homes.

Any person or organization qualified to adopt wild horses who may be interested in taking in one of these animals should contact Hillary Wood of Front Range Equine Rescue at 719-481-1490.

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Comments: Denkai Animal Sanctuary took some in, I will take pics and send them to you!
  Believe me Mrs. Farley.. if i was a nevada gal id gallop at the chance to adopt an equine friend! I hope y'all get a change like this sometime!
  Katrina, thanks! I'll look forward to them...and Rachel,my geography's not that good, but I think these Nebraska horses might be closer to YOU than they are to me! :)
  I wish! Mrs. Farley I'd totally adopt one of those beauties. They have gorgeous coloring in the pictures you posted and they deserve good homes. But my family cant afford a horse :( But I hope to see an article in Young Rider! I love that magazine!
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