Here's a news story about horses in Ione, California, who were headed to the slaughterhouse and were rescued and are now being adopted and going to loving homes. This story is proof that there is no such thing as an unwanted horse!!
I couldn't post the video without it starting to play as soon as you open my blog, so here's the link so you can see the full story on News10 - it's worth watching!! ~Declan
IONE, CA - At least two horses that were likely headed to the slaughterhouse were among five delivered by an Oroville horse rescue organization to a family in Ione.
Earlenne Friend saw the News10 report last month on a group of horses, including 24 foals, that were rescued from a livestock auction by the Horse Plus Humane Society.
Tawnee Preisner of Horse Plus said the sale price indicated the horses were probably being sold for human consumption.
Friend adopted a foal and a pony that Preisner said were likely headed for slaughter, along with three other horses taken from owners who could no longer care for them.
Preisner said all but 6 of the foals featured in the Feb. 21 report had found homes as of Monday.
Friend adopted a palomino yearling named Lucky Pal late last year after an earlier News10 report on an accident that left the young horse near death by the side of a road in Wilton.
The Friend family spent thousands of dollars for two complicated surgeries, but Lucky Pal died of complications following the second operation.
Earlenne Friend said adopting the five horses from Oroville helped fill the void left by Lucky Pal's death.
"It's good to help these babies," she said. "We wanted to do something good."
By George Warren, GWarren@news10.net