According to Pueblo Animal Services, eleven severely emaciated horses have been removed from an owner’s Pueblo County property. Lynn Gore, owner of the endangered horses, has now been indicted with 11 counts of animal cruelty.
All eleven horses – Scooby, Fallon, Keegan, Conner, Baylee, Bratz, Sassy, Pepper, Sophie, Lilly, and Amelia – are eating well and are beginning to recover from their ordeal.
A big problem in the region has been the rapidly increasing price of hay. In many cases, people have been struggling to maintain their horses. Authorities have had to impound a steadily increasing number of animals for neglect because of the rising expenses to care for them. Many have not been able to keep up.
The director of animal law enforcement, Joe Stafford, commented on the extremely thin condition of the eleven horses. Even the officers of Pueblo Animal Services were dismayed at the poor condition of these horses.
Stafford said, “Every one [of the horses] was judged to be dehydrated and emaciated, and it is going to take quite a bit of time to build them each back up to an ideal weight. We are just lucky we were able to get these horses help when we did.”
It is truly a sad state of affairs when horses get into such serious state of condition. Often the animals are unable to recover fully. Fortunately in this case all of the horses seem to be recovering well.
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