WILLMAR -- The Humane Society of Kandiyohi County has taken 10 horses from a citizen in Meeker County who voluntarily surrendered the animals Thursday to Humane Society officials.
The animals, including six horses, two miniature horses and two mules, are currently housed at two foster homes in the local area, according to Humane Society Director of Operations Bobbie Bauman.
The individual who surrendered the horses had taken in the animals from others to prevent them from going to slaughter and unfortunately didn't have the resources to care for the herd, she said.
"Her heart was in the right place, but her pocketbook wasn't," Bauman said.
Now, the local animal welfare agency is looking for community help with the cost of feeding and caring for the animals. Donations of hay and Purina Strategy horse feed plus monetary donations, an estimated $2,000, are needed to cover the costs of veterinary care and shelter.
Several of the horses rate as low as 2 or 3 on a 10-scale for body condition, most have some sort of hoof issues and several have dental issues that need to be addressed with veterinary care.
Bauman and Humane Society staff members are putting together information on each of the animals, including what care they have received, what care they will need in the future and adoption information.
Individuals interested in adopting the animals are asked to call the Humane Society at 320-235-7612 to make an appointment with staff members to visit the foster homes. The animals are listed on the Humane Society's page at www.petfinder.com.
Those considering adopting the animals will be asked to fill out an adoption application to determine their ability to care for the animals, Bauman said.
"We are looking for homes where people understand horses and have the means to care for them," she said.
Humane Society officials have been working with the owner of the animals for a month, Bauman said. They wanted the owner to make a plan to downsize the number of animals she was caring for, but that did not happen. Officials and a veterinarian went to the residence Thursday and selected which animals needed to be taken and which animals could remain in the owner's care.