Eight starved and neglected horses that were rescued last fall from a property in Black Forest, Colo.,—including Dual Peppy, a world-famous champion sire and performance horse—are ready to start new lives after recovering from their ordeal at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center.
In late September 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office went to the property of Sherri Brunzell to investigate reports of animal cruelty. They found 10 emaciated horses and four llamas living in a barn alongside the carcasses of 14 deceased horses. Dual Peppy was among the horses removed from the premises and transferred to the Harmony Equine Center after a warrant was issued.
Brunzell was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. In August, she was convicted of animal abuse and given a penalty of 60 days in jail, a $4,000 fine and five years’ probation. She is also prohibited from owning or being in possession of livestock for the next five years. Although she was acquitted of cruelty charges on two of the horses and the llamas, she had to find a new location for those animals because she is not allowed to own animals as a result of her conviction.
All of the horses seized at Brunzell’s property were malnourished, and their teeth and feet were in poor condition. During the past 11 months at the Harmony Equine Center, they have gained from 100 to 200 pounds each and have had their teeth floated and hooves treated. The horses are the property of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which is currently determining where they will go next.
The Harmony Equine Center is a private, nonprofit organization that provides relief from suffering, rehabilitation and opportunities for new lives to abused and neglected horses that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. To make a donation to the Harmony Equine Center, click here.
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