Horse Auction Owner Charged With Felony Animal Cruelty

  We need your help!  We just rescued 23 horses from a hoarding situation.  The horses feed bill is astronomical, not to mention the vet care, gelding operations, etc.  Please donate right now and help us cover these emergency rescue costs.  We couldn’t say “No” to these horses, and we stepped out in faith, trusting that your heart will be touched by these horses in need.  To donate using your credit card: click here.  To donate using Paypal: click here.

 

 The Rescue Story

In August we shared with you information about an individual in the Olivehurst area (about 45 minutes from our shelter) who had a number of dead horses on his property.  There were also skinny horses along with horses that were not skinny yet.  We released a video that we put together from footage obtained from private individuals who were concerned about the situation.  There were at least 6 horse carcass’ rotting on the ground in this video, and more parts scattered around, it is hard to determine how many dead horses are in this area.  To watch the video, click here.

We asked people on our Facebook page to please share their concerns with the District Attorney’s office with the information we shared with you.  News 10 did a news story on our findings.  You can watch the news story by clicking here.

Earlier this week we got a call from a retired kill buyer that the man, where the dead horses were found, had to get rid of some of his horses, and even talked about just shooting them.  We agreed that we could purchase the horses to save their lives, we would either be saving them from being shot to death or being shipped to a slaughter auction.  A bill of sale contract was written up and we sent our team down to rescue as many as he would sell us.  We were so anxious that he wouldn’t sign the contract and back out of selling us any of the horses, but he kept his word and agreed to let us rescue some of the horses.

On Tuesday 19 horses were purchased and transported safely to our shelter.  On Thursday an additional 4 were purchased and transported to our shelter from his auction in Lincoln.  There was a mix of (no doubt pregnant) mares, youngsters, and mature stallions, who had all been running together for who knows how long.  That is a total of 23 horses rescued from a very scary fate this week.

As you can imagine this is a huge financial strain on the shelter.   We really need your help to cover this emergency rescue.  The horses are in all ranges of ages and body conditions.  The majority of the horses are healthy, although most have poor hoof care.

Sadly, some are in horrible condition with bones protruding from their bodies.  Our vet has examined them and found that lack of proper care is the cause for this horse’s poor health.

This poor mare is only 14 years old and is literally a rack of bones.

 WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We just rescued 23 horses from a hoarding situation.  The horses feed bill is astronomical, not to mention the vet care, gelding operations, etc.  Please donate right now and help us cover these emergency rescue costs.  We couldn’t say “No” to these horses, and we stepped out in faith, trusting that your heart will be touched by these horses in need.

To donate using your credit card: click here.
To donate using Paypal: click here.
To donate with a check: Horse Plus Humane Society, P O Box 6108, Oroville CA 95966

We can’t thank you enough, every dollar will really help, more than you will ever know.

  Now for the best part: the owner of the horses was arrested TODAY and charged with felony animal cruelty!  We will be keeping you updated as the situation develops.  To read the news article about his arrest, click here.

  We did send out a private email to our donors, asking for donations to help cover the initial rescue.  Now that the news story broke, there is no longer a reason to keep this private.  We can’t thank our donors enough for stepping up and helping with the initial costs, but we still need your help!