December 26, 2013. — Golden Valley, MN. The Minnesota Hay Bank announced today that it has distributed at total of $8,000 to Minnesota horse rescues in December. The rescues receiving assistance are Sundown Horse Shelter (Hugo), Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation (Zimmerman) and TruHaven Ranch (Winsted).
Many of the horses being helped by this assistance are from the Fillmore County humane case, which occurred over a year ago. In that case, over 55 horses were seized, numerous horses were found dead on the property and several horses had to be humanely euthanized. (Read December 18, 2012 article here.) The horse owner has pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts (Chapter 35.82.2(a) Animal Health, gross misdemeanor – improper disposal of animal carcasses; and Chapter 343.21.2 – Mistreatment of Animals, misdemeanor – deprive of food/shelter), and will be sentenced on January 21, 2014. (See updated photos of some of these equines below.)
“These horse rescues are a lifeline to neglected and abused horses, and the Minnesota Hay Bank is pleased to support the important work they do every day. They will continue to need support throughout the winter, and the Minnesota Hay Bank will continue to help all it can as our funds allow,” said Stacy Bettison, spokesperson for the hay bank.
Several of the Fillmore County horses are featured here. After proper care, adequate nutrition and lots of TLC at TruHaven Ranch, they are doing very well:
Lester, a bay pony mule, is now very kind and gentle. He has big hopes of going to the 2014 Trainer’s Challenge. (Photo provided by TruHaven Ranch.)
Serena, 4 years old, is a driving pony and very full of herself. (Photo provided by TruHaven Ranch.)
Fancy, now halter broke and ready to start training, is 4 years old. (Photo provided by TruHaven Ranch.)
Trixie is 12 years old and rides quite well. She is blind in the left eye, as a result of her time in Fillmore County, and she is still touchy on that side. (Photo provided by TruHaven Ranch.)