Above all, Madeleine Pickens, wife of oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, is an animal lover. As a horse breeder and a philanthropist, she has always considered that people must be responsible for the care of animals.
Animal lover and philanthropist rescues thousands of wild horses.
"Animals don't have a voice, and as long as man is their protectorate, we have a responsibility to take care of them," she said. "We cannot abandon them."
After her husband gave $7 million to the Red cross to help Hurricane Katrina victims, she wanted to help the animal victims, too.
"I managed to hire an airliner, a cargo airliner and I went on my first trip down to Baton Rouge and we picked up 200 dogs," she said. "I think we got about 800 dogs and cats out to California and Colorado and got them adopted out."
So when Pickens heard that thousands of wild mustangs might be euthanized, she wouldn't sit still for it.
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