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El Dorado County seeks homes for 30 horses from former Grace Foundation

Rogue, a 16-year-old female Appaloosa, is among 30 horses taken into protective custody from the former Grace Foundation and available for adoption through El Dorado County Animal Services.
Rogue, a 16-year-old female Appaloosa, is among 30 horses taken into protective custody from the former Grace Foundation and available for adoption through El Dorado County Animal Services. Photo courtesy El Dorado County Animal Serivces

El Dorado County Animal Services is seeking homes for 30 horses remaining from the original 90 take into protective from the former Grace Foundation in November.

“We want to thank those who have stepped up to adopt the horses so far … These are beautiful animals, deserving of a home,” Alexis Shaw, operations manager for animal services, said in a written statement.

Shaw said many of the remaining horses have had limited training and will need a skilled horseperson to train them in basic horsemanship and riding. Some are older horses that cannot be ridden and are more suited as pasture pets.

About half the remaining horses are too wild to be ridden and ideally need to be adopted by someone with extensive acreage or taken in by an animal sanctuary, she said.

El Dorado County Animal Services took protective custody and care of 90 horses Nov. 20 after the Grace Foundation’s lease was terminated by the landowner. A post-seizure hearing on Jan. 7 determined that Animal Services had reasonable cause to retrieve the animals for their welfare. The hearing officer found that the owners of the animals were liable for the cost of the seizure and care, according to a county news release. The owners, who had until Jan. 27 to pay liens and show they could provide for the care of the animals, did not claim the animals.

Animals Services than began contacting local and national animal welfare groups and others to assist with placement and adoption of the animals.

Photos and information about each of the horses are posted on the Animal Services website, www.edcgov.us/animalservices. People interested in adoption are asked to make an appointment to view one or more of the horses and fill out an adoption form. To schedule an appointment or receive further information, call Animal Services at (530) 621-5795.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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