Thurston County Sheriff''s deputies served a search warrant on a farm in the Rochester area south of Olympia on Friday, seizing 14 horses that were found on the property in terrible condition and starving, Hooved Animal Rescue says. A mare and nursing foal only a few months old were among the rescues.
Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County was called to help with the animals, and the group is now scrambling to find foster homes and enough cash and supplies to care for the horses and try to improve their health.
"This morning, we already had 18 horses in our care in foster homes throughout the county, and that includes three mares with foals under three months old," said HAROTC President Kathy Bailey. "This nearly doubles the number of horses in our care in one day."
The Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County works with the county sheriff and other Thurston County jurisdictions to care for large animals like horses that are abused and neglected. HARTOC says they are supported solely by donations, fundraisers, and local grants and does not receive taxpayer money for their work.
Bailey said caring for 14 horses in such poor condition is going to be a serious challenge.
"We simply can't do it without support from the public. We desperately need donations and foster homes for these poor creatures."
How you can help
Send checks made out to Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County to:
PO Box 711
East Olympia, WA 98540
HAROTC is also asking for help with supplies and foster homes. For more information on donating, contact HAROTC volunteers at (360) 701-2007