Mustangs Rescued from Nebraska Ranch

April 22, 2009

More Than One Hundred Neglected Mustangs Rescued from Nebraska Ranch
Ranch Owner Signs Over Horses to Rescue Agencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Jerry Finch 409-682-6621
Jill Starr 661-727-0049

21 April 2009

Alliance, NE – More than one hundred emaciated horses found at Morrill County 3-Strikes Ranch were legally surrendered Tuesday to horse rescue groups Habitat for Horses and Lifesavers Foundation. The agreement to sign over the animals was coordinated by the Morrill County Sheriff’s office, which earlier in the week arrested the owner, Jason Meduna, on one county of animal cruelty.

3-Strikes Ranch, according to its web site, is a “Mustang outpost… a habitat to hundreds of mustangs from all over the United States… a natural environment for wild horses to run on the open prairies of the Sand Hills.” Mustangs captured by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that were not adopted after three attempts — three strikers — were sent to Jason Meduna at 3-Strikes Ranch.

Jerry Finch of Texas-based Habitat for Horses found that Meduna’s ranch had pastures devoid of grass with little or no edible grazing. On Sunday, Finch accompanied a sheriff’s deputy in a flyover of the property. It was then that the bodies of more than 60 dead horses were discovered. Nearly all of the animals on the ranch were malnourished, their back, ribs and hip bones were very pronounced. Two animals were so compromised, it was determined that humane euthanasia was necessary. Lab reports on the cause of death will be returned by Friday of this week.

Finch applauded Meduna’s decision to surrender custody of the animals, stating “we can now give these horses the medical treatment they need to get them on their feet again.” The horses have been moved to the Bridgeport Rodeo Grounds where veterinarians and volunteers will examine and treat each horse as needed. Finch estimates that more than 30 stallions were comingled in herds, indicating that many of the mares may be pregnant. According to Jill Starr of Lifesavers Foundation, “the ultimate goal is to place these animals in homes and facilities capable of addressing their needs and where they will have the opportunity to thrive.”

Donations are urgently needed to help cover the cost of medical care. Donations are being collected by Front Range Equine Rescue in Colorado. Credit card donations can be made online at http://www.frontrangeequinerescue.org. Donations can also be mailed to: Front Range Equine Rescue, P.O. Box 307, Larkspur, CO 80118. Please notate on your check and/or credit card donations that it is for “3-Strikes Mustangs”. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Habitat for Horses (HfH) is a not-for-profit equine protection agency committed to the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused and homeless horses. The largest organization of its kind in North America, HfH operates a rehabilitation ranch in Texas. The organization has taken a leadership role in horse protection issues and has been instrumental in developing and promoting legislation to eliminate the slaughter of American horses. To learn more, visit http://www.habitatforhorses.org
Lifesavers specializes in the rescue of American Mustangs. Since 1997, Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, a program of nonprofit organization, Lifesavers, Inc., has provided refuge, training and adoption placement for hundreds of horses in need. To learn more, visit www.wildhorserescue.org

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