Source: The Rapid City Journal
Update: The Dewey County Auditor has joined the ranks of those trying to help horses at a South Dakota ranch that are reportedly dying of starvation and other causes.
The horses are at the rural Lantry ranch of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, in north-central South Dakota about 110 miles northeast of Rapid City.
A Tuesday evening Facebook post by the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office says the Dewey County Auditor has set up an account, the ISPMB Horse Fund, to help feed the horses.
The post adds that the Dewey and Ziebach county sheriff’s offices are making a list of local farmers and ranchers with hay for sale that can be bought for the horses.
If sellers have grass hay available, they can contact Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer at 605-865-3330 or Ziebach County Sheriff Gary Cudmore at 605-365-5177.
According to a former employee of the sanctuary who went public last week, a lack of control over the ranch’s ballooning horse population taxed the organization’s pastures and finances to a crisis point.
The former employee, Colleen Burns, said 30 or more horses have died since June for lack of grass, hay and veterinary care. Her photographic evidence shows badly emaciated horses, some dead and some dying, and some with overgrown hooves or grotesque injuries or wounds.
Mayer said last week that he has investigated the ranch and turned over his findings to the two state’s attorneys. A veterinarian for the state Animal Industry Board has also investigated the alleged neglect of the horses and is advising the state’s attorneys.
Several other wild-horse organizations have also stepped in to help, including Hot Springs-based Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
She encouraged anyone wishing to donate money, hay or pasture space for the ailing horses to contact her at 605-745-7494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watt said she’s willing to accept the donations or put contributors directly in touch with a hay seller. The website also notes that people can send checks to IRAM, Box 998, Hot Springs, S.D., 57747, marked “attention ISPMB Emergency Hay Fund.” Online donations can be made in $50 increments at wildmustangs.com/donate.
Another venue is also: https://www.gofundme.com/2s6e7j8