A neighbor calls a ranch near his property a “horse holocaust.” The awful description refers to a horse ranch in northern Idaho that was housing emaciated horses near starvation. Rescuers described the bleak conditions – the horses were so hungry that they were eating fences and any feces they could find.
According to reports from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, the ranch has now shut down its operation. All of the horses have been turned over to horse rescue groups in Washington and Missouri.
The sheriff's office has undertaken an official investigation of the Mustang Ranch and Rescue, located in Cataldo, Idaho. The office received several calls about animal abuse and the conditions at the ranch.
Subsequently, owners Sean and Bonny Black surrendered ownership of some of their horses. A total of nine horses were turned over – of these, five horses were transported to Washington and another four were moved to a Missouri location. It is not known whether any horses remain with the Blacks.
A spokesperson for the Washington rescue group said that the Blacks told them, “They were done with horses.”
It can only be hoped this is true.
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