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30 abused and neglected horses rescued and relocated

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 00:23:08-04

Thirty abused horses were relocated after they were rescued by volunteers with the Rillito Race Track.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department identified them as abused, neglected and in bad shape at a property in Oro Valley.



The Rillito Park Foundation had each horse evaluated and then 22 were transferred to the White Stallion Ranch. 4 of the horses remain under veterinary care, and 4 had to be euthanized.

The co-owner of White Stallion Ranch, Russell True, says this decision to bring in the horses was a no-brainer.

We will help give these horses the opportunity they need to live a fulfilled and productive life, he said.

True says, while the horses weren't malnourished - there were other issues. Including hoof care, mishandling of the horses and the safety of the environment. 

Without corrective shoeing - the absence of hoof care may result in laminitis which is untreatable.



Laminitis is inflammation of sensitive layers of tissue inside the hoof in horses. Having laminitis may can cause the hoof to separate. 

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