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From: ABC 13
By: Darcy Spears
Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears accompanied some of them on their journey to a new life and found it’s almost like a rags to riches story.
The 36 horses of Sagebrush Ranch were owned by Jacque Fitzgerald until July 15, when Clark County Animal Control impounded them all out of concern for their health and welfare.
All were found by the county to be undernourished and in need of medical attention.
Fitzgerald herself has been cited dozens of times over the last eight years, including citations for running an illegal business and failing to care for and feed the horses.
When we spoke to her in mid-July, she said, “That’s the most horrible thing that a horse person can have happen to them, is for people to think that they’re cruel. And that is the last thing that I would ever be.”
She’s facing trial Aug. 4. In the meantime, the county has found homes for 24 of her horses. They rounded up the rest Wednesday morning.
The last 12 Sagebrush Ranch horses will be available for adoption. Unfortunately, animal control said one horse did have to be put down and that’s part of the upcoming court case.