Donations needed to pay for feed as horses begin the journey back to health. 

Severely neglected horses were recently discovered in three different locations near Hartsel, and rescue groups are asking for your assistance. More than four dozen horses were removed from Park County after law enforcement contacted their owner. Once officers were able to make contact with the animals, they found that while their winter coats made them look healthier than they were, all of them were in extreme need of assistance. Unfortunately, several animals had already died due to their conditions.

With the amount of snow this winter, it is a necessity that outdoor animals receive supplemental feed, as any grasses or natural food resources aren't accessible. In this case, these horses were likely not given any extra feed to keep them going.

Courtesy of Denver Dumb Friends League. 

Removal was a joint effort by the Colorado Humane Society and S.C.P.A., the Dumb Friends League, and the Park County Sheriff's Office. All horses were taken to the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown for further care and rehabilitation. In addition to extra groceries, these horses may also need physical rehabilitation and professional training before they can be adopted by loving owners. It can take half a year or more to fully recover. 

The Harmony Equine Center is asking for your help in the form of donations. Hay prices have skyrocketed in recent years, and feeding that many horses is not a cheap venture.

"The cost of hay has nearly doubled recently," said Garret Leonard, director of the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center. "It is going to be very expensive to provide nourishing feed to these animals. We expect to invest more than $40,000 to heal these emaciated horses."

If you are interested in donating, you can go to the Harmony Equine Center website or call (303)-751-5772. Even a small gift can help these horses in a big way. 

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