Four Corners rescue saves two underfed horses
Posted at: 08/30/2012 6:07 PM
| Updated at: 08/30/2012 7:01 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
After a year long investigation two neglected horses in the Four Corners have been rescued.
Kristin Cannon, with La Plata County Animal Protection said she followed a tip about the four neglected horses in Redmesa, Colo. last November.
“They had noticed a decrease in their body condition that they hadn't been fed. That they hadn't seen hay out," she said.
Last month, mares Sissy and Sassy were brought to Spring Creek Horse Rescue near Bayfield.
“They were in pretty bad shape,” said owner of the Rescue Diane McCracken.
McCracken said the other two horses never made it to the rescue.
“One had died and the next time they went out they were told that the one that was missing was sold," she said.
Even though the mare has been at the rescue for a month, 30-year-old Sissy is still about 400 lbs underweight.
Cannon said the La Plata County Humane Society was a big help.
But, getting the horses out took months because of the courts.
“It was just taking a really long time to go through the court system," she said. The owner was charged with animal cruelty in April. “We fed them every day until we got them here," said Cannon.
Recently, the charges were dropped after the owner agreed to give up the horses and pay $1,400 in restitution to the La Plata County Humane Society.
“In my personal opinion, I don't think they had remorse," Cannon said about the previous owner.
The youngest mare, 3-year-old Sassy, is now ready for adoption.
If you want to adopt her, or donate to the Spring Creek Horse Rescue visit http://www.springcreekhr.org.