Malnourished horse rescued from N. Idaho boarding farm

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 8:47 PM

NORTH IDAHO--A malnourished horse is recovering after officials rescued it from a North Idaho boarding farm.  The rescuers claim this isn't the first time a horse has been taken away from that facility.

The horse appears to be putting on weight since it was saved about a week ago.  Now the people who took it are working to find justice for it.

The mare’s hip bones and ribs are poking out of its skin.  Three other horses were also taken away from the same facility, but were not in as bad of shape.

Former members of Panhandle Equine Rescue say Blair Dunham was supposed to be taking care of the horse.  The group says Dunham runs a boarding facility and they accuse her of not feeding the horses in her care.

This isn’t the first time this has happened.  PER says they took a horse from Dunham in 2007, and now they apparently had to do it again.

Dunham says she was looking after the horses temporarily and the horse was skinny when she got it.  She says she had to force the owner of the horses to have them taken away. 

Dunham tells KREM2 she fed the horses, but the mare never gained weight.

Animal control with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has taken reports on the alleged abuse, but that’s it.

 

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