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Another "drive by" investigation:

In another drive by on an icy cold winter day, we found these horses in a mud pit behind a junk yard.

DCFHR appreciates the efforts of citizens who concern themselves enough with the condition some animals are kept in to call us so that we can do something. We encourage everyone that if you see animal abuse, file a complaint with either your local sheriff’s department or police department; document the date and time of your complaint and any response you receive and any change to the animal’s condition. All of this is very important. Without trespassing, TAKE PHOTOS and get an accurate address/location of the horse.

We are unable to take in any new horses unless it is an emergency, with the horses needing critical care. DCFHR will help owners find potential new homes for their horses. We cannot take in unbroke horses or stallions. It breaks our hearts to have to tell owners that we cannot help them, but DCFHR depends on donations in order to operate.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “kill buyer,” please take time to read the latest news about horse slaughter and kill buyers. With the economy, job losses, feed and hay costs, and financial burdens on horse owners, many people are finding they can no longer afford their horses, and many owners turn their horses over to an auction or to the first person who comes along, and that person might be a kill buyer. If you have to give up your horse(s), beware of listing them as “free.”

As a horse rescue, we have to look at our financial situation six months from now, so we are already planning for our needs for next winter. We strongly urge all horse owners to begin planning for your horses’ needs for next winter NOW.

Frequently when we are discussing horse rescue, we hear, "All they need is feed."  Not so!  (Please read our "Refeeding a Starved Horse" article.)