Seized Horses Available For Adoption

August 6, 2009

For Immediate Release – Aug 6, 2009

Jeffco Sheriff’s Office seeks homes for horses:

Jefferson County, CO. – Sixteen horses and one donkey seized by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office during an animal neglect investigation are now available for adoption.

The Sheriff’s Office recently received a court order granting it ownership of the animals, although the court case is still pending. The animals’ former owner — John McCulley — is charged with 38 counts of animal neglect and one count of felony animal cruelty.

In May of this year deputies responded to the residence at 12601 W. 82nd Ave. after receiving reports that a live horse was being dragged by its head and neck behind a truck. Deputies found the injured and emaciated horse behind an outbuilding on the property. The horse had to be put down. While investigating the incident, deputies noticed that other horses on the property appeared to be malnourished and in poor condition, and they took custody of the animals. This was the second time in two years that horses had to be removed from this address due to grave concerns about their health.

The horses have responded well to the care they have received from Animal Control officers, as well as veterinarians, farriers and others in the local equestrian community. “It is my hope that people in the horse community will step forward to provide loving homes for all of the animals,” said Animal Control Manager Carla Zinanti. “Many of these horses have trust issues and will need patient and consistent training. Some apparently have never been haltered or ridden. Others have special needs and may require additional care.”

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to Jefferson County Animal Control by August 28, 2009 via email at or ATTN: Horse Adoption, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, #160, Golden, CO, 80401. Animal control officers will conduct site visits and interviews with potential adopters to determine a good placement. If more than one person is interested in a particular horse, names will be drawn from a hat. An $18 Brand Inspection fee is required to take ownership of the animal, along with a donation to the Table Mountain Animal Center to help offset the cost associated with bringing these animals back to health.

Please visit our Web site at to view photos and details about each horse.

I got to “know” these horses (and Sonar, the donkey) just a bit when I volunteered to provide the adoption photos – I’d love to see them all placed into good situations. Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested in giving one (or more) of these horses a caring, safe home. Thank you!

Buddy is one of the horses available for adoption - he's a grulla colored Mustang gelding.

Buddy is one of the horses available for adoption - he's a grulla colored Mustang gelding.

5 Responses to “Seized Horses Available For Adoption”

  1. Pam, How has this gone? Have these horses found homes? Are they all mustangs or a variety of horses? Mar

  2. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Marilyn – I’m happy to report that Gypsy (the little Piceance Creek mare I wrote about) was the last of the bunch to be adopted. They all found homes. Most were Mustangs (which is how I got involved in the first place), but there were some domestics and a donkey as well. I had thought about the black stallion from Green Mountain for you. Had I found him, I was going to contact you about possibly giving him a home. 🙂

  3. Oh Wow. Really. It is a relief when you can find people who are glad to have horses in need. We have been slowed to a crawl too soon here. But I still will be going up to Canon City with Roger when he has time. At least I know what to expect… You did not find the Green Mtn. Stallion you mention? That bodes a possibility he is still Free? Maybe… Or did you know he was taken? The number of wild horses taken this year alone is so many that I hope the publicity has people adopting and buying mustangs more than ever. Maybe first timers who will provide forever homes. Thanks for thinking of me, Mar

  4. heather Says:

    keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!God bless all of you , the world needs more people like you

  5. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks so much Heather. A great group effort.

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