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May 8, 2009

Neglected Mustangs Bound for Better Lives in Sanctuary and New Homes

Efforts by The HSUS Help 222 Wild Horses

The Humane Society of the United States

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. — The Humane Society of the United States has been working around-the-clock for weeks caring for 222 horses rescued from an Alliance, Neb. ranch. Today, 84 of those neglected horses will be transported to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch for further rehabilitation and eventual adoption. This Murchison, Texas, animal sanctuary is run by The HSUS and The Fund For Animals.

"Not long ago these majestic horses were struggling to survive, but they will be given all of the care they need to make a full recovery at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch," said Diane Miller, director of operations at the ranch. "The HSUS looks forward to watching these horses overcome the neglect they faced on the Three Strikes Ranch, and blossom into healthy animals."

The HSUS has been working with Habitat for Horses and Front Range Equine Rescue since the rescue to find appropriate permanent homes for the neglected horses. Unfortunately, very few people are properly trained to care for wild horses. Of the 222 horses rescued in April, nearly 100 have been adopted or reclaimed by previous owners, 38 will be transported to the Cheyenne, Wyo. Stockyards for further care and eventual adoption, with the remaining 84 are bound for Black Beauty Ranch.

The horses taken to Black Beauty Ranch will be mostly stallions and geldings. These mustangs will require special care and handling during their rehabilitation, and will be housed in large pastured areas designed to hold wild horses.

Facts

  • The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary that is home to over 1,300 domestic and exotic animals. Many were rescued from near-death situations like slaughter plants, research labs and captive trophy hunting ranches. Others were discarded from circuses or roadside zoos or were victims of the exotic pet trade.
  • The ranch was founded which was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, author and animal advocate. It was named after the classic children's story by Anna Sewell. The ranch has a history of helping equines in crisis, and the very first residents were hundreds of burros who were airlifted from the Grand Canyon.
  • The Doris Day Animal Foundation recently agreed to sponsor construction of a new state-of-the-art horse rehabilitation and adoption facility at the ranch, which will be called the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory, and for nearly four decades, has spearheaded some of the most significant events in the history of the animal protection movement. The Fund operates world-famous animal care facilities, such as the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, two wildlife rehabilitation centers and a rabbit sanctuary. The Fund also has more than a dozen active legal cases to protect animals in the courts. On the web at fundforanimals.org.

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