US horse rescues overwhelmed by abandoned animals

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
These two horses are among the ten undergoing rehabilitation at the Shafer Equine Services.

These two horses are among the ten undergoing rehabilitation at the Shafer Equine Services.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Horse rescue groups say they are struggling to care for horses abandoned in the drought, and some have stopped taking in more.

Abandonments spiked after the recession hit more than four years ago, but rescue groups say the drought made the problem worse by burning up pastures and sending hay prices skyrocketing.

They say owners who had held on to their horses are giving them up now.

Advocates say no one tracks how many horses are abandoned, but the Washington, D.C.-based Unwanted Horse Coalition estimated the number at 170,000 to 180,000 per year before the drought.

With fewer people buying horses and sanctuaries filling up, Iowa Horse Council President Bill Paynter says, some owners are desperate. He says, "There's no place to go with a horse you can't feed."

(COPYRIGHT 2011 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 166888946