A little over a week after 33 malnourished horses were removed from the custody of Fallen Horses Inc., questions still linger about how the situation disintegrated without anyone knowing about the rescue's troubles.
HiCaliber Horse Rescue has already relocated 25 horses from the Fallen Horses facility, and a spokesperson told the Hesperia Star last week that all those removed so far scored 1 or 2 on the Henneke Body Condition Scoring System; the others are due to be collected soon.
The president of Fallen Horses, Traci Hutmier, lost her job recently and began giving much of her own money to the rescued animals, but that was not a sustainable plan in the long term, and she claimed she did not have enough support from donations. The rescue's board of directors quit at some point, according to Hutmier, though they reformed after news of the horses' poor condition began making headlines. It's unknown who, besides Hutmier, was aware that the horses were starving, or whether Hutmier's actions could be perceived as criminal by the county's district attorney.
San Bernardino County Animal Control was reportedly monitoring the horses' situation, but did not issue any kind of public call for help–a move that the Star criticized in an opinion piece published this week.
As soon as the news became public, donations poured in to HiCaliber to provide hay and medical supplies for the malnourished animals.
Read more at the Hesperia Star
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