Authorities Confiscate 70 Horses From Tribal Lands in South Dakota

About 70 horses that were starving and without water were rescued from the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota by tribal officials, Shannon County authorities, and state officials.

The article on rapidcityjournal.com by Andrea J. Cook stated that 10 other horses had already died from starvation and lack of water, and one horse had to be euthanized prior to moving the animals. Most horses were too weak to stand or be moved when rescuers arrived.

The owner of the horses, while not a tribal member, could face charges from tribal and state authorities.

Complaints and concerns about the horses began back in October 2008.

There article said there have been reports of "at least 220 horses that have been dumped within the reservation's boundaries this winter. Tribal officials place that number closer to 500."

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Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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