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Horse rescue group at the breaking point

CLARENDON A Clarendon-based facility for horses, Spring Hill Horse Rescue, was designed to shelter 20 horses. Now the ranch is facing a crisisthere are currently 31 and calls come in every week regarding Vermont and New York horses needing emergency care or surrender. Spring Hill, located at 175 Middle Rd., has never turned away a horse in need, but resources are so tight there is not enough hay to last through the winter. Over the past six months, we have received more calls about neglected horses than during any previous time. Even responsible horse owners who can no longer afford to care for their animals are asking to surrender their horses to us. We desperately need help, Gina Brown, Founder and Director of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. Skyrocketing costs of feed and hay are pressuring horse owners to surrender their horses or sadly, in some cases, neglect them. Many turn to Spring Hill out of desperation. In addition to feed, hay and veterinary costs, Spring Hill is struggling to accommodate the number of horses and needs help building facilities including volunteer labor (they have no paid staff), lumber, cash donations and equipment. And horses are available for adoption or fostering. To find out how to help please call 802-353-6540 or go online to www.springhillrescue.com" www.springhillrescue.com or send a donation directly to Spring Hill Horse Rescue, 175 Middle Rd., Clarendon 05759. Gina Brown founded Spring Hill Horse Rescue in 2000. Her mission is to rescue abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and to educate horse owners on their proper care and handling. Brown is an equine humane agent for the Vermont aiding in the investigation of large animal cruelty complaints and assisting law enforcement with livestock situations. All services are provided at no cost to taxpayers. Spring Hill is the only horse specific rescue facility in the state.

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