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dock. They’ve lost their bond in any way whatso- ever with humans.” Some of the residents


have been relinquished by owners who can’t af- ford to keep them; others have arrived starving or sick, rescued from own- ers who don’t want to admit there is a problem and fight against giving them up. Still others are surrendered by the family members of horse lovers who die without leaving instructions regarding their pets. Then others are survivors of abuse. The list of current and recent refugees includes eight miniature horses who were found starving and emaciated at a Con- necticut hobby farm after their elderly owner died; Mr. Pistol, a miniature horse who was raised in- side a large dog crate and finally freed when it was dismantled around him; and Lollipop, an 11-year-

THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kaylee Baillio, 14, and her sister McKenzie, 11, load the truck at feeding time. Though they live an hour away in the Nashua area, they have been volunteering regularly for three years.

old paint stallion from Horse Hearts of America, a fraudulent rescue based in Colebrook, NH, which collected horses without delegating any funds for their upkeep. Lollipop is currently recovering from being lame after his hooves grew through horseshoes that no one paid a farrier to remove.

His companion, a mare also from Horse Hearts of America, arrived wearing a wet blanket that had been left on for months; underneath, her back was covered with ooz- ing sores. Eventually she had to be euthanized, Paradis says, because of irreparable damage to her internal organs caused by

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River greeting a friend in her van.

long term starvation. The number and sever-

ity of rescue cases has climbed with the economic downturn that began in 2008 and intensified in 2009 and 2010 with rising unemployment and fore- closure rates, according to animal welfare experts. Food and care for a horse can cost $150 to $200 a month, and an increas- ing number of owners no longer own or can afford to rent fields or a stall in a barn. In the past two years, breeding farms and larger ranches across the


country have been going under because significant- ly fewer people can afford to buy horses, says Patri- cia Morris, a former presi- dent of the New Hampshire Horse Council. Morris, a Barnstead

attorney specializing in equine and animals is- sues, is frequently called in on legal cases stem- ming from neglect or abuse. She started an e-mail newsletter to try to place surrendered horses before they wind up in shelters.

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