More Than $100,000 To Be Spent Helping Emaciated Horses
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More Than $100,000 To Be Spent Helping Emaciated Horses

August 10, 2019


DOWN ON WESTBOUND 6. THAT CLOSURE IS EXPECT TO LAST WEEKS. THE ENTIRE PROJECT SHOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF JULY. WE NOW GO TO DOUGLAS COUNTY WHERE HORSES ARE FINALLY GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED. THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF THE AUGUST BROUGHT THEM TO THE EQUINE CENTER. AND IT’S GOING TO TAKE MONTHS FOR THESE HORSES TO GET BETTER, TORI. Reporter: AND THE SAD REALITY, DON, IS SOME MAY NOT GET BETTER. THEY HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF THEM TO GET TO THE POINT OF ADOPTION. IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST THREE OR FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THEY ARE HEALTHY ENOUGH TO EVEN START TRAINING. IT’S TOUCH TO US NOW TO TAKE THEM AND SAVE AS MANY LIVES AS WE CAN. Reporter: GARRETT LEONARD HAS SEEN MORE THAN A THOUSAND HORSE BROUGHT TO HARMONY EQUINE CENTER, BUT THIS GROUP NEEDS HIS HELP MORE THAN MOST. THE HORSES ARE IN VERY POOR CONDITION. OUT OF HAVE A BODY CONDITION OF, ON A SCALE OF ONE TO NINE, MANY OF THESE ARE ON A SCALE OF 2. IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THE OWNER WAS STRUGGLING WITH THE CARE OF THESE ANIMALS TO HAVE THAT MANY IN THAT POOR OF CONDITION, SOMETHING WAS GOING TERRIBLY WRONG. Reporter: HE PLANS TO INVEST MORE THAN $100,000 INTO REHAB REHABILITATING THESE HORSES. THESE STORIES ARE ALL PREVENTABLE, BUT WE’RE HERE TO HELP ABSOLUTE NO ANIMAL HAS TO SUFFER, AND IT’S OUR GEL TO SAVE AS MANY OF THEM AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. I HAVE LEARNED THAT CHARGES WILL NOT BE FILED AGAINST THE OWNER, BECAUSE THOSE HORSES WERE VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERED. THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TOLD ME THE OWNER HAD ABOUT 100 HORSES TOTAL, BUT THEY HAVE MADE AN AGREEMENT TO WHERE THAT NUMBER HAD TO BE REDUCED TO HALF. IT’S LIKELY THAT THE WELFARE OF THOSE HORSES THAT REMAINED WITH THE OWNER WILL BE CHECKED ON, PROBABLY QUITE FREQUENTLY. NOW, HARMONY RELIES HEAVILY ON

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