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Rescue horses in need of homes

Rehabbed horses up for adoption
By: Laura Meyers, The Telegraph
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Of 23 horses that were rescued from a Somerset ranch in April by El Dorado County Animal Control, four are still looking to be adopted. Officals seized 23 horses, 15 sheep, one goat, five llamas and one cow that showed severe signs of neglect and were delivered to the Grace Foundation of Northern California in El Dorado Hills. The Grace Foundation provides medical attention and care for abused and neglected animals. Over the last few months, the Grace Foundation rehabilitated all of the animals and prepared them for adoption, but the process wasn’t easy. The animals showed severe signs of malnourishment, were kept in small pens, found standing their own feces and in need of medical attention, said chief animal services officer Linda Haller. “They weren’t in the best living conditions,” Haller said. “Sheep needed to be sheared and the horses’ teeth needed attention and their hooves were in terrible condition.” Once the county seized the animals, they were brought to the Grace Foundation for rehabilitation. “The animals were definitely in need of food and medical care,” said Tricia Esparza, Director of Operations at the Grace Foundation. “On average, the horses gained 300-400 pounds during rehabilitation.” Equine training director Robin Stears said the horses were in extreme pain. “Their hooves were over-grown and some started to curl backwards,” she said. The horses went through a rigorous rehabilitation including a medical examination from a veterinarian, a visit from the farrier, teeth floating and socialization. Only a few horses were in such poor condition that they could not recover. “It was very difficult case because we could not save four of the horses,” said Beth DeCaprio, founder of the Grace Foundation. “They were so neglected that the bones in their legs had rotated and they could never be corrected.” Despite the rehabilitation, four of the horses are still looking for homes. “You can’t even give away horses right now,” Haller said. “The biggest issue with the horses there are already people in the area who have horses, and it’s extremely costly to take care of them.” DeCaprio said the cost has affected the adoption process of these animals. The Grace Foundation spends $12,000 per month on feed and receives numerous calls each week from horse owners trying to get