Kentucky Facility Needs Help Getting Horses Adopted

A central Kentucky facility that helps save abandoned horses is in need of some help itself.

Officials at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, in Jessamine County, say it's filled to capacity, just months after opening.

"We've seen the numbers increase significantly since Christmas," Kentucky Equine Humane Center Director Lori Neagle said. "I think its due to the drought this past summer and lack of hay as well as the horse market in general."

The hay is more expensive now, costing $7 a bale compared to $3.50 last year.

Right now, the center houses 45 horses, just 10 months after opening. The number of horses being dropped off there continues to rise.

"The last couple weeks we have received several calls from people needing a place for horses to go, and some calls from people with 30 to 50 head of horses to donate," Neagle said.

So far, no horses have been euthanized at the facility. But Neagle says that may be necessary if more horses are brought in, and if the animals already at the facility are not adopted.

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is the only center of its kind in Kentucky. It's being operated by a small number of volunteers. Officials there say they're also looking for donations to help out.

If you'd like to learn more about the center, or if you'd like to find out how you can adopt a horse there, just click on the link below.

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