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Neglected horses of Bill Kiefer in ND need your help

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Maybe you have heard of this story in the news. Sheriffs in Morton county found 119 horses in terrible condition and 96 dead. Burleigh county sheriffs found 38 in the same condition and 3 dead. All were being starved to death and had no water. All horses are/were owned by the same owner. He had hay but sold it off when prices went up. Wells for water were frozen. Very sad that someone could do this.

They are trying to line up supplies and people to take/adopt the horses once taken from there. So far, over 30 of the worst have been taken and are at Triple H Rescue.

If you can help, monetary wise or adopting, they would appreciate the help. PLEASE, spread the word to help these horses. We are working with a trainer and friend in Fargo, ND that will be going to get some of the horses. If you can take on one or two, I could share her contact info with you. Some horses may have ringworm or such. They would need to be quarantined at first. Even if you could just foster until a permanent home could be found.

Now, for some good news:
Rescuing Pepper
We know Gary. He's a really nice guy. I'm glad to hear his horse was found and he might get her back.
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Anyone? These horses need help. Please share with others. Post a comment to keep the thread "alive"!
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I saw that they had to put one down due to injuries. I didn't hear about the other. One they adopted themselves because it was blind.

I think they have 14 left to adopt out but more are waiting to be taken yet.
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The one mare (Sweetie Pie) passed when it was so cold and I believe they found another mare (Smiles) this morning. she apparently laid down last night in the hay and passed during the night
 

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Thank you AlexS. I'm sure they appreciate it.

We don't have any way to quarantine, at least not until spring when the ground thaws. That's what we're working with the trainer on. She thinks she has someone that will do the quarantine for us, then we will be taking on one or two. Hopefully, when they get healthy, we can find a good home for them.
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The horses from the Morton County place are in far, far worse shape than the ones in Burleigh County.

My good friend's nephew has the Burleigh horses at his place and is feeding them.

I have no pity for Keifer. None. At. All.
He is from New York.
Never met him, and never want to.
 

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I've heard that Kiefer lives in Fargo.
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This is very sad. I will see about getting a donation sent. Any news on the other 60+ horses?
I just saw on the news that they all have been confiscated but waiting on a court decision to release them for adoption or to be sold. I think some are still there but Bill Kiefer has lost possession of them.
 

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Also saw that a lawsuit is being filed against him for the 100 round bales of hay that he stole from the neighbor's hayfield.
He didn't feed the hay to his starving horses---he sold it for profit.

Disclaimer-the above has not been proven in a court of law--yet.
 

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UPDATE: Bill Kiefer has lost possession of the horses per court decision. Horses need to be removed ASAP. I will try to find a link to any actual news feed of this.
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From Triple H Facebook:

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE! all horses and mules are turned over and none for Kiefer. Anyone who wants to adopt please email me at [email protected] for an application. The remainder of the horses on the original site will be up for adoption but the rescue horses will remain there unadoptable until they have recovered which will many many months. Adoptors will get to most likely chose from a group of horses but time is of the essence and we will not be able to let you :try out-ride-spend much time with. There are liability issues and we need them moved off the property ASAP!

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REGARDING POST BELOW: These horses will be adopted without papers, we do not know if they are trained or untrained, we will not be listing photos of 129 horses and adoption fee is free will donation to help Morton County recover some losses or buy hay for them until they ARE adopted. These are not Triple H Horses, they are the counties horses so you must go thru them on any other details. I can get you the application .
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