3-Strikes Mustang Adoptions Ongoing

More than 70 of the allegedly neglected horses and burros found at a Morrill County, Neb., ranch have found new homes through Habitat for Horses, a Texas-based equine protection organization. Placement efforts are continuing for the more than 50 mares, which will be moved to the Cheyenne Stockyards in Wyoming. The males, both geldings and stallions, will be moved to Black Beauty Ranch, a Texas-based sanctuary.

On April 22, more than 200 horses and burros were seized from 3-Strikes Ranch, a private mustang facility just outside Alliance, Neb. An additional 74 animals were confirmed dead. Ranch owner Jason Meduna was arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty.

Since the seizure, the animals have been gaining weight and strength at their temporary home at the Bridgeport Rodeo Grounds. Horses are being placed with private adopters and rescue organizations throughout the United States.

More than 20 animals have been reunited with their owners, including Dr. Richard Porter of Nebraska-based KV Vet Supply, which donated and shipped supplies to assist in the recovery efforts. In an e-mail statement, Porter said "I'm thankful for all those who responded so quickly to the rescue effort. I estimate my horse is at least 150 to 200 pounds underweight and will take several months to gain that weight back. It's going to be a long road for all these animals. We're fortunate to have the opportunity to help save as many animals as we can."

Habitat for Horses President Jerry Finch, who has been on site since April 18, will travel with the mares to Cheyenne. Available animals can be viewed at nebraska200.horsereunions.com.  

Finch said he is concerned about the mounting costs.

"We could not have done this without the support and efforts of the local community, volunteers, and partner organizations, but our work is far from done," Finch said. "We still must find suitable placement for nearly 50 mares, many pregnant. The need for financial support has never been greater."

Donations can be made online at habitatforhorses.org or mailed to: Habitat for Horses, P.O. Box 213, Hitchcock, TX 77563.

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