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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:49am
El Paso (KDBC) — A new partnership between the El Paso Sheriff’s Office and a local non-profit organization called Horses Rescue Unlimited will work to tackle the problem of abandoned, loose or neglected horses.
“We've had horses on the freeway; on I10 it can be very, very dangerous for the drivers and for the horse itself,” said Gomecindo Lopez, commander with the El Paso Sheriff’s Office.
Victoria Hall, owner of the organization said stray horses became a bigger problem in 2011. The drought drove hay prices up, causing some owners to just release the horses into the desert.
“Some were abandoned, some were just shot in the desert, and I think there is just nowhere for people to go. For some people the best thing they see is letting the horse go where they can find some scraps than it passing away sadly in a stall,” Hall said.
Hall said her inspiration for opening the shelter came from her childhood. Hall said she always rescued horses growing up and was concerned about the lack of resources here in El Paso for those who found themselves unable to take care of their horses.
“You get a young horse and you think this is going to be awesome. You can train it, you can work with it, but you bite off more than you can chew and you need help with them sometimes,” Hall said.
She said she hopes Horses Rescue Unlimited becomes more than just a shelter, but a place where owners can seek advice. In addition, she hopes it will be a place where anyone can come to learn more about the animals.
For more information about Horses Rescue Unlimited, visit the website.