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ARL helps rescue six significantly neglected horses in Union County

Published: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) in Des Moines assisted Union County officials Thursday to remove six injured and significantly neglected horses from a less than one-acre property owned by Kent Douglas Uitts in Lorimor.

The horses were relocated to the ARL’s Kruidenier Rescue Ranch at the main campus in Des Moines, where they will receive needed veterinary care, food and shelter.

“These horses had been living without food, shelter and veterinary care for an undetermined amount of time. The horses now face a long road to recovery as we head into the coldest months of the year,” said Scott Wilson, cruelty investigator for the ARL.

According to Union County Sheriff Rick Piel, the first report of the neglected horses was recieved by his office in March. Several calls have been recieved since.

A report of charges filed against the horses’ former owners was not available as of 9 a.m. today. Peil said a report will be made available to the public Monday.

Once healthy, the horses will be available for adoption through the ARL’s Barn Buddy adoption program. Currently there are 13 horses available for adoption at the ARL.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a nonprofit organization founded in 1926. The ARL is the state’s largest animal shelter, serving over 18,500 animals each year from all corners of the state.

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