An American charity that spent $US5000 renting facilities in anticipation of taking more than 70 Arabian horses into care under a sheriff’s warrant ended up with just seven.
The New Jersey-based Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) made the preparations as authorities prepared for the seizure on a property in South Carolina over welfare concerns.
The charity’s president and founder, Terry Figueroa, told Horsetalk that, up until March 14, there were 72 or more horses on the property.
Between March 15 and March 21, 65 horses were moved off the property to whereabouts unknown, Figueroa said.
“When the sheriff arrived on Saturday morning to serve the warrant and seize the horses, seven were left on the property.”
These seven are now being cared for by the group.
“The facility we rented to house the seized horses was large enough to handle the herd as we were advised.
“Unfortunately, the seizure did not go as planned, but the expenses to prepare did.”
The charity has been providing its followers and supporters with regular updates on its Facebook page.
In a recent update on the page, the charity said the sheriff intended to have people checking on the relocated horses, once he was advised where they had been moved.
“This is a good thing for the horses. Unfortunately for ARM, it does not lessen our expenses.”
The 42-stall barn and apartment it rented cost $US5000, and travel expenses have added further to the cost.
“We will be looking at alternatives to reduce any additional expenses but for now it’s too late.”
Donations can be made via Paypal to [email protected]. via Intuit at https://ipn.intuit.com/pay/ARM, through the website www.arabianrescue.org or on its Facebook page, or can be mailed to Arabian Rescue Mission, 42 Glen Road, Colesville, NJ 07461.
People can also donate directly to Southern States Feed, 96 Rosa Spring Rd., Johnston, SC 29832. Ph: 803 275-4433 or Aiken Saddlery, 1044 E. Pine Log Rd., Aiken, SC 29803. Ph:803 659-6583. Both accept credit cards. Tractor Supply Gift Cards also much appreciated. Please mention or note the payment is for ARM.