Colo. hay banks can help struggling horse owners

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DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Humane Society wants horse owners to know that help is available if they can't afford to feed their animals.

The group issued the reminder Monday following the death of a neglected mare relinquished by its owner in eastern Colorado.

Society spokeswoman Amie Cavarra said owners in need can get help from horse rescue group or her group and also get free hay from the state's three hay banks. The banks are located in Evergreen, Parker and Grand Junction.

Hay prices have skyrocketed because of the lingering drought.

The mare died on Saturday of suspected starvation. Its colt is expected to recover and eventually be offered up for adoption through the Dumb Friends League.

The society isn't releasing any information about the animals' owner because an investigation is under way.

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