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Horses need homes

Margaret Williams
Special to the Tribune
El Dorado County Animal Services has 48 horses for adoption from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills.
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El Dorado County Animal Services has 48 horses for adoption from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. According to Alexis Shaw, Operations Manager of Animal Services, the horses are of various ages and breeds. “These are beautiful animals,” said Shaw. “Many are very friendly and enjoy being around people. But I do want to caution that some of the horses have special needs and many of the horses have not been ridden or trained, so they will need training in basic horsemanship. We recommend anyone considering adoption be an experienced horse person.”

Animal Services posted photos and information about the horses at http://www.edcgov.us/animalservices.The adoption fee is $150 per horse. People interested are asked to make an appointment to view a horse and fill out an adoption form. Animal Services first took protective custody and care of 90 horses and assorted livestock on Nov. 20, due to the termination of Grace Foundation’s lease by the landowner. A post seizure hearing on Jan. 7, determined that Animal Services had reasonable cause to believe the animals were abandoned and it was necessary for Animal Services to retrieve the animals for their welfare. The hearing officer found the owners of the animals were liable for the cost of the seizure and care; the owners had until Jan. 27, to pay liens, demonstrate they could provide for the care of the animals and take possession. The deadline passed and none of the animals were claimed by the owners. Local and national animal welfare groups assisted with placement and adoption of the animals and 42 horses and all of the other livestock have been placed.. The remaining 48 horses are available for adoption.

“We are very grateful for the help of volunteers and other individuals who have provided assistance to us since the horses came into our care,” said Shaw. “Animal Services is also thankful for the landowner who has allowed the animals to remain on the property while in protective custody.” For information contact Animal Services at (530) 621-5795.


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