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Two dozen young horses saved from slaughter for as little as $50 per horse: can you help?

February 25, 2012

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Source: News10

By George Warren:

A horse rescue organization paid as little as $50 each for 24 young horses it believes were headed for the slaughterhouse.

“It’s a felony to sell horses for slaughter in California, but it happens every day,” said Tawnee Preisner of the Horse Plus Humane Society.

PHOTOS: Malnourished foals rescued

Preisner said 10 of the horse were bought Saturday at a livestock auction in Turlock, and the other 14 were purchased Monday directly from the man who hauled all of them down from Oregon.

Preisner said the group identifies horses likely being sold for slaughter based on the price, which she said runs about 22 cents per pound.

The group has rescued more than 2,000 horses since its inception in 2003, but has never bought so many youngsters at once.

The sudden influx has strained the group’s resources, but Preisner said cost was the least of her concerns.

“They’re precious little lives.  You can’t say no to them,” she said.

Preisner said the group is actively seeking homes for the young horses along with donations for feed and medicine.

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we are foals
we were born
to play
we want to live
our lives
the equine way
but man destroys
yet man can
also fix
is there room for us
in such a mix

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

5 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    February 25, 2012 11:07 am

    we are foals
    we were born
    to play
    we want to live
    our lives
    the equine way
    but man destroys
    yet man can
    also fix
    is there room for us
    in such a mix


  2. LINDA BADHAM permalink
    February 25, 2012 1:13 pm



    February 25, 2012 2:56 pm



    • February 25, 2012 4:52 pm

      There is no petition associated with this action because the horses were already rescued. Thanks for your inquiry, though.


  4. JMG permalink
    February 26, 2012 2:54 am

    Let us just donate, questions can be answered by looking it up but they need some help now. Money is what is needed. I have a small amt but will give what I have.


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