A long-running blight on Mason’s good name came to an end this week as 27 starving horses, many of them pregnant mares, were confiscated by Mason’s Sheriff’s department and the city’s Animal Control Officer.
Volunteers rounded up the horses, several of which needed immediate veterinary care, while the Sheriff served the warrants and diffused an angry confrontation with the absentee owner. An account will be set up at a local bank to help defray veterinary and food costs, and volunteers are being sought to help feed the horses, who are at a safe location in Mason county. For a town of 2,000, this is a huge drain on resources, both in terms of labor and expense, so any help, through publicity, grants, or fundraising, would be appreciated.
After the owner’s animal cruelty charges are prosecuted and the animals’ health improves, the horses, which include quarter horses, an Arabian, and Mustangs, will be available for adoption. I will have the bank account set up later this week, and we are going to try to have fundraisers at local ropings and rodeos throughout the summer. I can be reached at 325-347-2766 or my e-mail (phone is better). Thanks for anything you can do!