November 29, 2012 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) in Des Moines assisted the Union County officials today to remove 6 injured and significantly neglected horses from a less than 1-acre property in Lorimor, Iowa. The horses were relocated to the ARL’s Kruidenier Rescue Ranch at the Main campus, 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.
“Twenty-four horses have been removed in partnership with law enforcement in the past 12 months alone,” said Tom Colvin, Executive Director for the ARL, “The cost to bring these horses from where they are now, to healthy horses that are ready for adoption is significant.”
The ARL is seeking donations for their horse rescue program so that they can continue to assist authorities when called, from all over the state. Donations can be made at https://www.arl-iowa.org/index.php?option=com_onetime_donation&Itemid=40 or visit http://www.arl-iowa.org (RE: “Help for the Horses”) or mailed to:
Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.
Attn: “Help for the Horses”
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
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.
UPDATE: Charges have now been filed against Kent Douglas Uitts (AKA Doug Uitts) for 6 counts of livestock neglect have been filed, which are simple misdemeanors.