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September 19, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Assists in Rescue of 10 Horses from Abuse

The HSUS and Dusty Trails Horse Rescue moved the horses to safety hours before one gave birth

Dusty Trails Horse Rescue

  • Mother of the downed foal. The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States and Dusty Trails Horse Rescue were called in by the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Department to assist in the rescue of 10 horses from a Highland Home, Ala., property. The sheriff’s department served a search and seizure warrant on the property and found that several of the horses were severely neglected and suffering from starvation, various injuries, founder and embedded halters. The HSUS and Dusty Trails Horse Rescue removed the horses from the property pending the final disposition of this case.

Help care for these horses

“The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to be able to offer assistance in this case,” said Mindy Gilbert, Alabama state director for The HSUS. “These horses are in desperate need of proper care and attention, and we’re happy to partner with Dusty Trails Horse Rescue to provide them with a safe haven at last.”

“These horses have a bright future ahead of them once they make it through this rough part,” said Monika Orendorf, president and founder of Dusty Trails Horse Rescue. “We’re very appreciative of the assistance from The Humane Society of the United States. Without their help, we would not have been able to provide these horses with the necessary vet care and food. There are many horses in our care that we would love to find forever homes for, so that we can continue to take horses in need.”

Local law enforcement became concerned about this facility when citizens called to alert them of the condition of the animals. The 10 horses removed were in the most critical condition, including one emaciated mare who gave birth to a healthy foal within hours of being rescued. The horses will be examined by veterinarians and given any necessary immediate medical treatment while housed at Dusty Trails Horse Rescue in Montgomery County, Ala. The HSUS is providing financial assistance to help care for the horses.

*Photos available by request.

Media Contacts:

Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org
Monika Orendorf, 334-284-2122, info@dthr.org

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