Carl Preyss has been cited for 20 counts of cruelty to animals. According to officials, several horses were underfed and the entire horse herd was deprived of water.
A combined operation of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputies and Posse members as well as agents from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Protection took possession of 20 horses on March 7. These horses had been on Preyss’ property in Livermore, Colorado.
Larimer County Sheriff’s office received a number of complaints about stray horses that were underfed and skinny. At that time Sheriff's office contacted Preyss and made arrangements for hay and water for the horses. The animals were then monitored periodically.
Last year In May, the horses were re-examined. It was determined then that once again, some of the animals were underfed.
Preyss was given a warning that the horses’ conditions had slipped yet again. He was told about the lack of food, and that there was no water available to any of the animals.
The food and water situation seemed to improve. The horses were checked and their condition was better. Officials received a letter from a private veterinarian “indicating that the horses were not being neglected or abused.”
During another follow-up visit in December 2013, there was no food, no hay, and no water for the horses. This prompted closer observance of the animals and another visit was made in February by the Animal Protection agents. At that time it was decided to obtain an official warrant in order to conduct a thorough medical evaluation of the animals.
Upon the State Veterinarian’s examination of each of the horses, it was decided to seize the horses based on the numerous lack of water issues. A private veterinarian will continue medical evaluations and treatment to assure the horses’ recoveries.
All of the horses were removed from Preyss’ property. They were taken to the Harmony Equine Center which is a private nonprofit facility that rehabilitates neglected and mistreated horses.
These horses will definitely fare better now.
Carl Preyss, 20 horses removed, medical evaluation, state veterinarian, Larimer County Sheriff
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