Friday, May 1, 2009

3 Strikes Mustangs Ready for Adoption

Hundreds of Mustangs Rescued from Nebraska Ranch Ready for New Homes

Rescue Agencies and Volunteers Continue to Care for the `Nebraska 200'


CONTACT: Jerry Finch 409-682-6621

1 May 2009

Alliance, NE – More than two hundred neglected horses and burros found at a
Morrill County ranch are now available for adoption through Habitat for Horses,
a Texas-based equine protection organization.

On April 22nd, more than two hundred horses and burros were seized from Three
Strikes Ranch, a private mustang facility just outside Alliance, Nebraska. An
additional 74 animals were confirmed dead. Necropsy results on a number of
these animals revealed significant fat and muscle atrophy, which is consistent
with starvation.

Jason Maduna, the ranch's owner, was arrested on one count of felony animal
cruelty, but additional charges are expected. The animals are now recuperating
at their temporary home at the Bridgeport Rodeo Grounds. The Humane Society of
the United States, Habitat for Horses and Front Range Equine Rescue have been
working alongside the Bureau of Land Management and area veterinarians to feed,
treat, and assess the 220 animals, including a number of foals born since the
seizure. According to Jerry Finch of Habitat for Horses, "the outpouring of
support from the local community is humbling. From home-cooked meals for the
volunteers, to hay provided by the local Farm Bureaus, we could not ask for more
or better support."

Of the 220 animals at the Fairgrounds, 22 have been identified by their owners
and will be returned to them. The remaining animals are available for placement
with qualified individuals or groups. Those interested, should contact Hillary
Wood of Front Range Equine Rescue at 719-481-1490. The horses have all received
a negative Coggins and have been dewormed, vaccinated and microchipped. Finch
strongly cautions that they are looking for those with experience in handling
and training wild mustangs. According to Finch, "these are not back yard

A dedicated website has been setup which includes photographs and descriptions
of the available animals, as well as forms and contact numbers. For more
information, please visit: http://nebraska200. horsereunions. com/.

Donations are still needed to help cover the cost of medical care. Credit card
donations can be made online at
http://www.habitatf orhorses. org/getinvolved/ donatenow. html. Donations can also
be mailed to: Habitat for Horses, P.O. Box 213, Hitchcock, TX 77563. Please
notate on your check and/or credit card donations that it is for "Nebraska 200
". Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Habitat for Horses (HfH) is a not-for-profit equine protection agency committed
to the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused and homeless
horses. The largest organization of its kind in North America, HfH operates a
rehabilitation ranch in Texas. The organization has taken a leadership role in
horse protection issues and has been instrumental in developing and promoting
legislation to eliminate the slaughter of American horses. To learn more, visit

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