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Horse Rescue

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December 30, 2010

Please send your donations to Bitzer Farms LLC, P.O. Box 511, Warren, IN 46792. We have to go to town to get our mail, but we'll write back.  See more
Jonathan Bitzer

THE STORY:

We are trying to start a non-profit horse rescue in northern Indiana, we are currently keeping and caring for 6 rescued horses who were dumped by their owners onto state park lands, abandoned because their owners could not afford to feed them. This is an ever growing crisis, approx. 20-25 horses are abandoned each month in the northern half of the state. The failing economy has destroyed the horse market, folks can't afford to feed them, and no one can afford to buy them. In many horse auctions across the county, the once joyous mood is gone. No longer are their long lines of children and adults waiting to purchase, and love their new horse. Instead there are meat packers, and semi trailers. Waiting to haul the unwanted animals north of the Canadian border, where they will be slaughtered for their meat. In many places the meat packers are so swamped with horses that they barely bring enough to pay for the charges in the auction. So instead of risking having to pay a penalty because their horse did not sell, at which point it is shot, buried, and the owner is charged a "disposal fee". The horsemen and women simply turn them loose, hoping its whats best for them. But it is not, they instead run, confused and abandoned, until they finally starve to death... But there is hope, we have converted a grain farm over to give them a home, we raise all our own hay, they get to run in our lush new pasture. Sleep in warm barns. And be petted, rode, and brushed by local children. Please help us to expand our mission, bless you.

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