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Rescued Horses to Find New Homes in the Valley

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Updated: 2/14 7:30PM

Last month 157 horses and mules were seized by Burleigh and Morton county authorities near Bismarck after they discovered severe cases of neglect. The situation got attention from a woman from Barnesville, Minnesota who will be bringing 20 to 30 of those horses to Hawley Minnesota where they already have new owners lined up.

At the Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue they house and rehabilitate about 25 horses that need a place to call home, at least for awhile. The executive director Charlotte Tuhy gets the animals back on their feet in hopes of finding them a new place to roam, "the hope is just to send them directly into new homes."

However the plan isn't to adopt any of the nearly 200 neglected horses from Morton or Burleigh county. Tuhy says she reached out, but they already have dozens of folks who have stepped up, "what we did was leave our name and number and an offer to help if they need us."

Most of the horses at her ranch however, they don't have families lined up. A constant challenge of theirs considering the number of cases of rescues as of late, "if you adopt a horse from here, that will make room for another one next time something comes along, that needs help." Says Tuhy.

The volunteers and helpful hands at the ranch put all sorts of time in effort into rehabilitation. The average horse will spend nearly a year at the farm getting healthy once again. All that time and effort put in isn't the most painful part though according to Tuhy,"you know we work so hard to get him to this point. I don't know if I want to trust anyone else with him. So it's really hard to let him go. But if you don't... you can't help the next one along."

So with the help of nearly 30 volunteers and the Red River Valley community stepping it up. The High Tail Horse Ranch and Rescue in Hawley will continue the grind of giving animals that had little hope, one more shot.

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At least 20 horses rescued recently from neglect on two western North Dakota ranches are headed for new homes in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Authorities in Morton County last month seized 199 horses and officials in Burleigh County confiscated 38 horses, after the discovery of 99 dead horses.

Tracy Tschakert, a horse trainer from Barnesville, MN says several "lifelong horse people" in the Fargo and Moorhead area have volunteered to adopt the horses.

The horses are set to arrive at a facility in Hawley, MN, on Saturday.

Authorities are considering criminal charges in the case.


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