Penrose, Colorado – 63 horses were seized from an elderly couple in Penrose Friday morning and animal cruelty charges are expected. “I am in a state of shock, just beside myself and trying to hold it together,” Penny Gingerich told reporters with The Pueblo Chieftain Saturday. “This is just a mind-blowing thing.”
The seizure was conducted by the Fremont County Sheriff Department with assistance from Colorado Humane Society and Dumb League Animal Friends. Gingerich said that a neighbor reported her horses a couple weeks before, and said in the report they had no food, water, or care. She went on to say the horses are under the care of a veterinarian, who stated her horses absolutely should not be seized. Her feed store reports that she buys hay and grain on a weekly basis. The horses that caused the seizure are 10 elderly horses that have a hard time maintaining their body weight.
Formal charges have not been filed, but Gingerich was given a nearly $23,000 bill for the horses next 30 days of care or she will lose ownership. It is believed the horses are being held at Harmony Equine Center south of Denver.
Many local’s, including an equine dentist who worked on the horses, have publicly stated that the horses were being adequately cared for.
Original Story and Photos: The Pueblo ChieftainAuthor: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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