Changing Fates saves miniature horses, goats and sheep when seizing Felton

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Eleven miniature horses, six donkeys, eight goats, seven sheep and a chicken are cared for by a horse rescue in Laurel, Delaware, after being seized from a farm.

“We wanted to be there for these horses and be their soft landing point,” said Meg Searcey, Vice President of Changing Fates Equine Rescue. “So we said we were going to figure it out and make it happen and that’s what we did.”

Five other miniature horses from the same Felton-area farm went to another rescue, according to Searcey.

Many horses had matted manes and poor grooming, according to a Changing Fates Facebook post, and ownership of the animals was relinquished to rescues on June 28.

Neither the Delaware Bureau of Animal Welfare nor the Department of Agriculture provided additional information, citing an ongoing investigation, but Searcey said the animals’ conditions indicated their needs were not being met. .

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Animals hosted by Changing Fates have been seen by a veterinarian and vaccinated, but farrier work is ongoing.

“It’s not an easy thing to give farrier care to a horse that’s never had it,” Searcey said.

Felton’s animals are the largest group Changing Fates has ever hosted at a time, Searcey said. Two of the donkeys and three of the goats are thought to be pregnant.

Originally expecting to house three or four male horses and one intact donkey, Changing Fates ended up with 11.

“It’s a big deal because they don’t usually get along with each other…and have to be housed separately,” Searcey said. “But our biggest concern is the gelding fee. It will end up costing $5,000 or more.”

The rescue does not adopt intact males to prevent breeding.

Shannon Marvel McNaught covers Sussex County and beyond. Contact her at [email protected]

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