Bravo to Fox Hill Farms, Victoria, Angie, and MaryLu (and any others who are working to make this happen)!
Fox Hill Farm
As many of you know, the case of abused and abandoned horses belonging to the Borells brought to light problems that exist in Kentucky that hinder getting proper help for these horses. One problem is that the current laws don't properly protect horses, so Fox Hill Farm hired an attorney who is working toward getting these laws changed.
A second problem is that there is no place to house and care for horses who are in the midst of abuse investigations. To this end, we're very happy to announce that a new non-profit has been established called The Equine Sanctuary Center of Kentucky.
Investigations and then moving through the legal system can take months or even years in abuse cases. Finding proper housing at their own expense is what can make a County reluctant to go through with confiscations of the horses.
Current non-profits such as New Vocations, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, and others are designed to take possession of surrendered horses to put through their rehabilitation and adoption programs. They do not have the resources available to house possibly dozens of horses for a lengthy period of time, leaving less or perhaps no room to bring in the horses that they are designed to help.
The Equine Sanctuary Center is the only State accredited 501c3 non-profit designed to foster and care for equines confiscated by the counties in the state of Kentucky. The mission and goal is to provide the state with a safe place to house the horses so that they will act quickly to remove horses from abusive and possibly life-threatening situations. Once the cases have gone through the court system, the Equine Sanctuary will network with reputable organizations such as the ones named above to place the horses in adoptive homes. While Thoroughbred horses will be a focus, the Equine Sanctuary Center will be available to all breeds of horses.
Angie Cheak and Marylu Ernsting, working in consultation with Rusty Ford of the Department of Agriculture, are the co-founders of The Equine Sanctuary Center. Victoria Keith of Fox Hill Farm was asked to be their Board Chair, and she was honored to accept that position. We are excited to see this much-needed resource be made available to law enforcement officials so that the horses get the care they need.
For more information, you may call:
Victoria Keith, Board Chair, 859-227-5441
Marylu Ernsting, Co-Founder & Vice Board Chair, 502-542-1673
Angie Cheak, Co-Founder & Executive Director, 859-325-5285
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