Madera County Animal Services director Kirsten Gross said the shelter continues to see a steady stream of starved horses found abandoned in the county.
She attributes the high number to the poor economy.
“Some horses are found at the end of roads or in orchards, or left to fend for themselves in dirt lots or empty pastures when people move,” Gross said. “One gelding was just found at Eastman Lake, of all places. It’s an ongoing problem and we’ve had record numbers this last couple of years with the poor economy and hay prices at an all time high.”
Gross said some people have the misconception that horses can fend for themselves since they are grazing animals...