Santa Barbara- There is growing concern over a number of horses abandoned by their owners in Santa Barbara County. The most recent horse was found just last week wandering near Camino Cielo. Over the last few years, the county’s Animal Services has handled over two dozen cases of horse neglect or people needing to give up their horses. Jan Glick, Director of Animal Services in Santa Barbara County, says the economy, rising prices of hay, and the high cost of care have had an impact. She adds that horse owners who no longer have the resources, do have options. You’re advised to: 1. Contact friends in the horse community to find a new home. 2. Contact the nearest rescue organization.3. Work on finding a more economical way to care for the horse. Animal Care professionals remind everyone that not properly caring for an animal, including proper food, and medical treatment is considered a crime. The county currently has 10 horses in their possession up for adoption. KEY News Reporter Shirin Rajaee reports.
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