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North Dakota Starved Horses

 By Dorinda Troutman, RMR Staff Writer

 

May 2013 issue  

 

According to Alison Smith, of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue in Mandan , SD , all but two of the 150 starved horses and mules confiscated from owner William Kiefer on January 25, 2013 have been adopted or sold. They were cared for by her rescue and another horse rescue group.

Ninety-six dead animals were found on two farms Kiefer owned in adjacent counties, and more died from depression and malnutrition in the days after moving them. Kiefer has been charged with four counts of animal neglect in Burleigh County and five counts of animal neglect in Morton County .

Morton County Assistant State ’s Attorney, Jackson Lofgren, explains that under North Dakota law, the charges are misdemeanors under the general abuse statute of “overworking, mistreating or abandoning” animals. He says that his office and Kiefer are still in the pre-trial negotiation stage and thus no trial date has been set.

Twenty-two mules belonging to Kiefer that were being cared for at Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue were sold on March 2 by Morton County . The sale reportedly brought in $21,000. Proceeds will go toward the cost of the investigation and rescue.

Alison Smith says the outpouring of help across the U.S. has been amazing. Two horses are still being cared for at her rescue — one, a partially blind and lame pony mare — will probably remain at the rescue as a companion animal to a blind gelding. The second horse, a chestnut mare, is recovered and waiting for a home. Smith is happy that she has found homes for the Kiefer horses, especially as she is expecting 30 rescued miniature horses to arrive soon.

Read more about the Kiefer neglect story in the March 2013 Rocky Mountain Rider online at www.rockymountainrider.com.  

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