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November 25, 2009

Horses Rescued from Cannon County Farm Surrendered by Owner

HSUS Granted Ownership of More Than 90 Rescued Animals

BRADYVILLE, Tenn. — More than 90 animals rescued Tuesday by The Humane Society of the United States and the Cannon County Sheriff's Department have now been surrendered by their owner. The horses, who were rescued from squalid conditions on a Bradyville farm, are now under the ownership of The HSUS.

"Today marks a new beginning for these animals, who can now begin their journey to healthy, happy lives," said Leighann McCollum, Tennessee state director for The HSUS. "This rescue would not have been possible without the outpouring of support we received from local horse lovers willing to come to the aid of these neglected animals."

Critical assistance in this rescue mission was provided by the Cannon County Sheriff's Department, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Volunteer Equine Advocates, the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, members of the Middle Tennessee State University equestrian team, A Place to Bark Animal Rescue and other local equine handlers and veterinarians who generously donated their time.

The HSUS, United Animal Nations and local volunteers will be caring for the rescued horses at their emergency shelter until their health improves. Once they are strong enough to be transported again, these horses will be placed with local rescues and adopted out to responsible homes.

Individuals interested in donating supplies or volunteering can contact the manager of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds at 615-862-8980 or email HSUS at tnhorserescue@hsus.org.

The HSUS has video and photos available from this rescue for viewing and download by news media outlets upon request.

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