From what we can find out, no one has been arrested and charged for the abuse of the horses in this report. In such instances this can turn out to be a blessing for the horses.
Horses confiscated in cruelty cases become evidence. The Department prosecuting the case bears the costs of caring for the evidence throughout the process.
This normally means being boxed up and placed on a shelf in an onsite evidence room.
But this evidence is very different. This evidence happens to be living, breathing, feeling beings.
Once the case has been concluded the horses are often sent to auction to recoup at least part of their expenses. And we know how dangerous a place a livestock auction can be for horses.
We will continue to investigate. In the meantime, here’s the story.
DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — Six horses are on the path to recovery after being rescued from a small shed near Duluth, where they were living in several feet of mud.
The two ponies and four full-grown horses were removed Thursday from Arnold, Minnesota. “Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch” led the rescue effort. The organization says it will take a while for the horses to fully recover.
It’s unclear who owned the horses or why they were kept in such horrible conditions. Seeds of Hope plans to train the horses to become therapy animals.
If you would like to help, Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch will accept donations through a GoFundMe page set up for the horses.
Seeds of Hope is also accepting donations of hay or horse grooming equipment — contact them on their Facebook page if you have anything to spare.