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El Dorado County seeks homes for 48 horses in protective custody

Beth DeCaprio, founder and executive director of The Grace Foundation stands with three horses they were caring for at their El Dorado Hills facility. The foundation was formally evicted Nov. 20 from a private ranch after losing its insurance, according to DeCaprio. After that, 91 horses, along with several goats, chickens and pigs, were placed in the protective custody of El Dorado County Animal Services. So far, more than 40 horses and all the other livestock have been placed, or are in the process of being adopted. There are 48 horses still available for adoption.
Beth DeCaprio, founder and executive director of The Grace Foundation stands with three horses they were caring for at their El Dorado Hills facility. The foundation was formally evicted Nov. 20 from a private ranch after losing its insurance, according to DeCaprio. After that, 91 horses, along with several goats, chickens and pigs, were placed in the protective custody of El Dorado County Animal Services. So far, more than 40 horses and all the other livestock have been placed, or are in the process of being adopted. There are 48 horses still available for adoption. Sacramento Bee file

A small herd of horses remains in protective custody, ready for adoption through El Dorado County.

The nonprofit Grace Foundation was formally evicted Nov. 20 from a private ranch off Latrobe Road after losing its insurance, according to the foundation’s executive director.

After that, 91 horses, along with several goats, chickens and pigs, were placed in the protective custody of El Dorado County Animal Services.

Local authorities are responsible for impounding animals that remain following an eviction in accordance with state law. So far, more than 40 horses and all the other livestock have been placed, or are in the process of being adopted.

There are 48 horses available for adoption. The steeds are of various ages and breeds.

“These are beautiful animals,” said Alexis Shaw, operations manager of El Dorado County Animal Services. “Many are very friendly and enjoy being around people. But I do want to caution that some of the horses have special needs and many of the horses have not been ridden or trained, so they will need training in basic horsemanship. We recommend anyone considering adoption be an experienced horse person.”

Adoption fees are $150. To make an appointment to see a specific horse, call (530) 621-5795.

Animal Services continues to provide feed and care for the animals, assisted by volunteers.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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