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Herd of formerly hungry horses being sent to rescue group

A Nevada County animal welfare group is working to place 41 horses that appeared to be neglected.

The owner of the land where the horses were kept, the 22000 block of Swenson Ravine in Nevada County, was informed by neighbors that his tenant was not feeding the 41 horses and that they were breaking out and causing damage.

Nevada County Animal Control was told of the problem on Jan. 4 and spoke with the property owner. A veterinarian was called to the location to check on the horses.

The horse owner was told he needed to provide more food, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Meanwhile, Nevada County Animal Control was notified by Grass Valley Animal Control that investigators had been looking into the deaths of two horses kept at another location, horses that belonged to the same owner of the herd on Swenson Ravine.

Further discussion with the horse owner led to the determination he could not afford to care for the herd.

The horse owner eventually released ownership to Sammie’s Friends, a Nevada County non-profit corporation. Sammie’s Friends has been organizing volunteers to help transport the animals to a horse rescue organization, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

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