Abandoned horses rescued on Glade Park
Mesa County Search and Rescue volunteers on Thursday completed a two-day rescue of three horses that had been abandoned on Glade Park.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation into the abandonment of the animals, and their owner, if found, could be prosecuted.
Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said a volunteer snowmobiling with family south of Turkey Flats in the area of Enoch Lake spotted the horses Monday. She said the horses were found in about four feet of snow and were hungry but otherwise appeared healthy.
McCammon said about a half-dozen volunteers rode snowmobiles through the snow to feed the horses and were able to pack down the snow enough to begin leading the animals out on Wednesday.
Rescuers tied the horses to snowmobiles and another horse to lead them to the main road, McCammon said. The rescue “is kind of warm, fuzzy story for Christmas,” she said.
The story may not end so nicely for the owner of the horses. The animals were turned over to the state brand inspector to try to identify the owner. If the owner is found, he or she could be charged with three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, McCammon said.