Some Of Best-Known Horses In Colorado Are Very, Very Sick
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Some Of Best-Known Horses In Colorado Are Very, Very Sick

August 11, 2019


THAT PASSED AWAY, THEIR SETTLEMENTS WILL GO TO THEIR RELATIVES. THE MOST ANYONE WILL GET IS $20,000. SOME OF THE BEST KNOWN HORSES IN COLORADO ARE VERY, VERY SICK. AND THE NONPROFIT GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ANIMALS NEEDS YOUR HELP. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WESTERN AIRS. KELLY, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE HORSES? Reporter: THE PROBLEM HERE IS REALLY TWOFOLD. 80 OF THE 230 HORSES HERE ARE INFECTED. AND THE ONES THAT ARE SICK ARE IN QUARANTINE. AND THERE’S A DISEASE HERE THAT CAN SPREAD AS FAST AS WILDFIRE. AS THEY ARE IN QUARANTINE UP TO SIX WEEKS, THAT MEANS SIX WEEKS OF NO REVENUE FOR THIS NONPROFIT. WEAVE IN THE STOCK SHOW EVERY YEAR SINCE 1954. Reporter: WESTERNAIRES HAS BEEN PROVIDING KIDS AND TEACHING THEM SKILLS. OUR REAL JOB IS TO RAISE KIDS UP, TEACH THEM RESPONSIBILITY. Reporter: BUT THE NONPROFIT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY IS PULLING ON THE REINS. MORE THAN PONIES AND HORSES HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE. IT’S LIKE A BAD STREP THAT PEOPLE WOULD GET. Reporter: IT IS NOT DEADLY AND ISN’T CONTAGIOUS TO PEOPLE OR OTHER ANIMALS. BUT KIS CAN’T WORK WITH — KIDS CAN’T WORK WITH THEM. WESTERNAIRES IS LOSING UPWARD OF $15,000 IN EACH WEEK IN REVENUE, NOT TO MENTION MEDICAL EXTENTS. WE’RE TRYING REAL HARD TO FIND OUT WAYS TO ACCOMMODATE THAT. Reporter: THE DIRECTOR SAYS THESE FINANCIAL LOTSES WILL LIKELY MEAN BIG CUTS FOR THINGS LIKE EQUIPMENT OR TRANSPORTATION FOR THE KIDS WHO USE THIS PROGRAM. THEY SET UP A GOFUNDME

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