POSTED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 8:40am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:16pm
Longview, TX — The closing of America’s last horse slaughterhouses in recent years combined with drought and a stubborn economy are beefing up the incidence of abandoned horses, people in the equine community report.
“There’s just an abundance of horses that are being turned out because people can’t take care of them — they just turn them loose,” Safe Haven Equine Rescue Director Richard Fincher said Thursday.
Fincher’s horse rescue operation has been full for months. Anytime he gets an opening, he said, there’s another abused or neglected animal in line for help.
“A lot of it’s the drought and the economy — the biggest part,” he said.
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