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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
70 Plus Horses Move Safely From Vallecito Snow
(2008-01-10)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Roughly 70 animals, 50 of which were horses, were transported safely out of a snow piled ranch in Vallecito.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: Several volunteers and officials with Animal Control and other organizations assisted in helping Leslie Greco move her 50 some horses, 13 miniature horses and 7 mules from Granite peaks ranch in Vallecito yesterday.
Horses maneuvered through waist deep snow into 9 different awaiting trailers. Majority of the owners of the trailers volunteered their equipment and time to help Greco and her horses.
Dave Thompson, a local cowboy and rancher, is one of those volunteers.
As Dave and I drove to Vallecito through the windy snow packed county roads full of LPEA vehicles restoring power, he explains the situation.
DAVE THOMPSON: I THINK IT'S JUST A MATTER OF SOMEONE GETTING THEIR LIVESTOCK OUT OF DEEP SNOW COUNTRY INTO LESS SNOW COUNTRY WHERE IT'S EASIER TO FEED THEM. AND IF YOU'VE BEEN IN COLORADO AROUND LIVESTOCK FOR A WHILE IT'S NOT REALLY THAT BIG OF A PROBLEM IF YOU'RE SET UP.
Jon Palta, director of Animal Control says that he and Greco both decided that moving the horses to lower snow country was best for animals.
JON PALTA: JUST WITH THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THE LACK OF APPROPRIATE RESOURCES AT THE RANCH. WE DECIDED THAT THIS WAS THE BEST FOR THE HORSES AND BEST FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS.
Palta says that appropriate resources include having enough hay and water onsite to feed all of the horses. He says with current weather conditions in Vallecito it's difficult to transport the amount of hay needed.
While Palta is holding onto one of Greco's horses waiting to get onto a trailer, he says that the animals appear healthy and that there is no sign of animal neglect.
PALTA: YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T HAVE NEGLECT WITHOUT HAVING CONDITIONS THAT CROSS A LINE. AND THESE HORSES ARE DOING EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CONSIDERING WHAT THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH. AND THE FACT THAT THEY PROBABLY HAVEN'T BEEN GETTING THE AMOUNT OF FOOD THEY SHOULD. HAY IS A HOT FOOD AND IT KEEP THEIR METABOLISM WARM AND KEEPS THEM GOING IN THIS SORT OF A CLIMATE. SO IT'S REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY GET ALL THEY HAY THEY NEED.
According to Palta Greco is not going to be facing any charges from animal control.
All 71 animals made it safely to a nearby ranch. It's unknown at this point how long the animals will be staying at the 80 some acre ranch.
HORSE'S NAY
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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