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April 28, 2009

Greener Pastures Ahead for Rescued Nebraska Horses

The Humane Society of the United States

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. — 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.

B-roll and high quality photos from the seizure site are available upon request.

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