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The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.
The wind is blowing the frozen snow and the roads are covered in ice. The temperature has been -18 degrees wind chill factor and conditions are brutal. However, the good news is that more horses are going out today, and even more are scheduled to leave in the next week or so.
Your donations have purchased another $1100 in milk products for the 6 babies back at Chilly Pepper. Another $1000 to pull 4 more horses (transport, vetting etc.) this last week and yesterday it was over $550 for medical supplies. This was for medicine used for the babies and for horses in need of meds at this time.
We purchased over $5000 worth of panels and had previously purchased $4200 worth. The $4200 was specifically donated by a wonderful woman named Sara, thanks to Elaine Nash and Fleet of Angels.
It sounds like a lot of panels, but unfortunately even with the additional panels purchased by Fleet of Angels, we are still substantially short. A great number of the panels purchased for this rescue are being used to cover up very dangerous fencing so we can safely sort without horses being torn up.
I know God put this in front of us, so we are here, but sometimes it is just really hard. Even though we did not cause the situation, we are the ones who have to listen to the stallions and mares screaming for each other. We are the ones in the middle of the stallion fights and due to the lack of gelding, there are so many more in small areas than is normal. We are also dealing with horses with long standing injuries and we are the ones separating the families.
Unfortunately we are not able to stay in the trailer on the property this time, so there are food and lodging expenses, as well as many miscellaneous expenses. We have had to purchase lots of rope to tie the panels together, hardware for fixing dangerous situations and the list goes on and on. Many of the expenses are small, but they do add up. Hay prices are rising due to the extreme winter, and the initial budget was $250,000. At the same time these costs are being incurred to secure these 500+ horses their forever home, our rescue still has it’s normal expenses, with the additional “ranch hand costs.
But we will get this done with your help. Y’all have been amazing, and saved so many lives already. With the 30 that have already gone out, TOGETHER WE HAVE SAVED OVER 300 LIVES – JUST SINCE OCTOBER. THANK YOU!!
P.S. If you have donated via a check and it hasn’t cleared quickly, please understand we are stuck here in South Dakota and even when we can get mail forwarded we are hours away from a bank, and we normally work straight through, 7 days a week. There were also several pieces of mail that were lost from around October. We just received them. If you are worried about a donation, please call me at 530 339 1458. Thank you!
The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.
After days of driving very slowly on solid ice and snow, we arrived safely after delivering the horses to their new homes. Matt and I have never seen so many wrecks. It was truly terrifying with our precious cargo on board. But our prayers were answered and we had Angels all around us.
We delivered Copper, Delilah, Precious and Abilene (shown above) safely to their new homes and headed back towards ISPMB. As you can see, by the photo below, the snow is once again a hindering factor in our work.
This photo was taken just before we arrived at ISPMB. Snow has actually drifted so high over some of the fencing that horses can simply walk out.
As we were driving, I received a message from the Sheriff that the court hearing had been cancelled. A deal had been reached between Karen Sussman and the Counties. Karen gets to keep 20 of her favorite Gila horses and the rest have been turned over to Fleet of Angels.
So the work begins. While I would much rather be back home taking care of our critters, there are 520 horses needing homes immediately!!
Folks have asked “Does that mean the horses are safe?”. In reality, the answer would be No – Not yet! Until ALL these horses land safely in new homes, there is always a risk. If there is no money to feed them or a place for them to live, then “NO”, they would not be safe. However, the whole reason we are here is to MAKE SURE they end up safe, and that takes everyone!!
This is PHASE 2. – I hate to say it but it is where the real work begins. We are on a limited amount of time and we have to keep going.
This is one of, or possibly THE largest rescues ever. There is so much riding on this. If we cannot pull together and save 810 horses, how on earth can we take care of horses if the borders are closed. This is huge folks, we must succeed. We want slaughter eliminated – then we need to come together and show that we can “git ‘er done”.
Meanwhile my little monkies back at the ranch have nearly gone through all their milk and munchies again. But they are doing very well and thanks to Pete Dunham who is taking care of those kids, I can be up here in balmy South Dakota saving more lives lol.
Matt picked up 4 more horses for Chilly Pepper and is once again on the road.
Fleet of Angels adopted out my crew sorted and loaded out 10 horses yesterday. I have to say I am so grateful that Elaine and Barbara handle all the paperwork. Never have I been so glad to just be “horse-girl” lol.
Hay prices are jumping due to the severe winter and we need help in this endeavor. The expenses for a rescue like this are horrific. We need everyone to help us save these horses. Whether it is a home, financial aid, prayers, sharing the information, helping deliver horses, well the list is endless.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE! YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT ARE THE ONLY REASON IT IS HAPPENING!!
The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.
As I steal a few moments to send out a quick update, Matt and I are on our way back to South Dakota. The good news is that we are delivering 4 horses to their new homes before we go back. We placed 2 last week and are so happy as we cannot afford to “rescue & not rehome”. lol However, we need help badly with the ongoing expenses involved in this operation and for the special needs kids who are landing at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang.
We are spending about $300 per month for milk powder per baby, and we currently have six on “liquid gold”. So that is roughly $1800 just for milk, and then we are going through about 4 bags? of milk pellets at roughly $100 each bag. These kids were a bit behind so they are taking extra. Add to that the enormous amounts of hay they are consuming and their bedding and their Mare and Foal Pellets, we are easily spending thousands on just the 6 babies alone. The good news is that they are doing better and better every day.
We spent $1100+ on the last kids that came home to get them vetted and their lil hoofers done. This does not include Coggins or Health Certs etc. or to even get them home. As we are taking on several blind horses that have no where else to go, (including Frosty – the blind black stallion), we need to add additional shelter and make the pen for Shadow and the new blind kids larger than originally planned.
This is Matt’s 5th trip to SD, my 4th (as I lived there for several months) and as it is approximately 1100 miles each way, well that adds up quickly. It costs roughly $900 per trip, and that is just for fuel, motel and an oil change etc. Normally we wouldn’t drive this far over and over but this was a situation God clearly put in front of us. It is and has been exhausting, but knowing at least 270 are in (or will be lol ) in loving homes, it is worth it.
SITUATION UPDATE: Matt and I have more horses to pick up that were already in the 270 number. We are picking up for another sanctuary who agreed to take the horses and they need to go through our place for vetting and hoof care etc. We are responsible for all the preliminary care and then the sanctuary will be giving them a life long home for the rest of their lives. So we need funds for those 10 also. We also need to pick up our stallions and a couple other special needs kids. They were supposed to be picked up a long time ago, but due to the weather and an emergency pick up from CA, this is the soonest we could get back.
So we really need help so we can continue helping the horses in what ever way we are needed.
COURT DATE – The State is trying to remove the horses from ISPMB. If this happens, they have asked Fleet of Angels to be responsible for finding them safe homes and to take on all responsibility of their care.
If this happens, we will need to continue to load, sort and help these horses find a safe place to land.
If this does not happen, I have been told that the numbers would still need to be reduced, so again, we would most likely need to be on hand to help with placement of the horses who were not staying.
So either Matt and I have 3-4 more trips to secure the horses that are already in the 270 number if nothing changes, or we will be there longer if more horses need to be rounded up and sorted. In any case, we also are incurring added expenses to hire someone to stay at Chilly Pepper and take care of all the horses that are already there.
We want to thank everyone again who has been part of this. Y’all are the ones who make it all possible!!!
If anyone does not receive their end of year tax receipt, please call me at 530 339 1458. For some reason there were a couple of folks whose information did not show up on their credit card donation. * Tax receipts will all be sent out by Jan 30th. Again, you guys are amazing and are so very much appreciated.
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The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.
Happy New Year!
I am sorry it has taken so long for an update. We had no internet for 11 days, and Matt and I have been working 12 hour+ days to “prep for winter”. As we were never supposed to be in South Dakota even up until Thanksgiving, staying until two days before Christmas really put us extremely far behind.
The babies are improving greatly and enjoying the nursery! We do want to send out a special “Thank You” to Dee Gregory, who was (hopefully still is LOL) our “go to” guy who made it possible for Matt and I to safely leave our rescue. Without him, we would never have been able to “git ‘er done.”
We got an emergency call today. One of the really big trees crashed through and destroyed some of the panel fencing at our place in CA. Thankfully, although DaBubbles panicked and was running around loose, Seanna and Carl were able to lock him up safely in one of the shelters. So now Matt has to postpone his trip back to South Dakota to pick up our stallions and go pick up the remaining horses in CA.
While I was writing this, we were informed that the road between here and our place in CA is shut down as a result of the weather? So hopefully tomorrowhe can pick them up.
Again, never a dull moment or one to rest.
Meanwhile, we are busy at home feeding, working on the nursery, trying to play “catch up”, vetting, getting hoofers trimmed and trying to get more shelter set up for the additional horses that will be coming to Chilly Pepper. We now need to set up an even larger “blind playpen”, as we already have two and more coming.
We are going through hay like crazy and the babies are absolutely loving their milk. Unfortunately with six on milk powder and milk pellets it can be a real damper on the budget. But all of them are doing much better and that is what it is all about.
PHASE 1 of the ISPMB Adoption Campaign has been completed. Thanks to lots of hard work and the amazing love and support y’all have shown, the 270 horses we were allowed to adopt out have been safely loaded and transported with zero injuries.
DUE TO OUR SUCCESS the remaining horses being removed by the County have been offered a chance to avoid auction. We are very happy to have more and more folks stepping up and joining “the team” to make this happens. There are some really amazing folks joining in to ensure this mission will protect any horses the County takes from ISPMB.
We have been asked to continue managing the ground crew and we will need to head back to South Dakota so we can continue sorting and loading any horses who need placement.
These are the official updates:
AMAZING NEWS – A CHANCE TO SAVE EVERY SINGLE REMAINING HORSE: http://www.fleetofangels.org/
This is a statement made by Elaine Nash, Fleet of Angels, who was solely responsible for creating, organizing, and managing a comprehensive national campaign to get the ISPMB horses adopted and in safe homes, at the request of SD state’s attorney, Steve Averly.
“IT’S OFFICIAL. . . .
Two SD State’s Attorneys and the SD Animal Industry Board have officially filed a motion to remove the remaining 540 (+/-) horses from ISPMB in Lantry, SD.
To prevent the auction and possible slaughter of any of the horses, Fleet of Angels has joined forces with Habitat for Horses- an equine rescue in TX, Return to Freedom- a wild horse sanctuary in CA, and numerous other animal welfare organizations who will collaborate with us to insure that every horse is fed during both the legal process and the adoption process, and they will help FOA insure that every adoptable horse is placed in a good home.
Only with the help of hundreds of people- including all of you who make up our ground crew, administrators, adopters, transporters, donors, and other providers, will we be able to protect all of the horses if they are removed from ISPMB. If the ISPMB horses are entrusted to us to place, it will be a massive, difficult, hugely expensive job, and we will need everyone’s help to be successful.
We’re already at work raising funds for this effort because we’ve agreed to pay the counties all they’re owed to date, plus we have to cover the cost of hay for the horses during this process in order to save them from auction. We will be counting on you to contribute to this effort, and participate in any way you can. We can do it. We must do it. We will do it!”
To donate to the Fleet of Angels TRANSPORTATION fund:
To donate to the HAY fund:
The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang on the ISPMB horses.
First, THANK YOU so much for helping us save these horses. As you can clearly see, they were desperately in need of immediate veterinary and farrier care. Thanks to everyone who has been so loving and generous, these 9 horses from ISPMB are looking at wonderful lives with loving folks.
Matt and I are packing up and we will be delivering the last 5 to their new homes today. Unfortunately we have to drive about 1,000 miles one way to do this. As usual, we need serious help to get these kids to their new homes. Folks often ask why the “adopters” are not paying for transport. These are simply wonderful folks who are willing to take on the huge expenses of rehabbing these beautiful souls and making sure they are cared for the next 30 years. So we are thankful they will take on that huge mission and are praying that y’all will continue your wonderful support so we can get them there.
I spoke with Karen yesterday and she told me the Sheriff will be taking control on the 11th. This means that there are nearly 800 horses needing homes in the next 3 weeks or they will end up at auction (slaughter).
What we have done TOGETHER is amazing. It doesn’t sound like so much, only 9 out of over 800, but if 100 other people stepped up and did what YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE, ALL the horses would be saved. So Y’ALL have made a huge difference.
I understand y’all are probably tired of me asking for funding. I absolutely hate having to fund raise, but please remember this is not for me, it is for the horses and I know so many folks want to be part of saving all these lives even if they can’t do it hands on, but do it via financial support. We never want folks to give more than they are comfortable giving, but although I gladly spend 24/7 doing this, it takes a village. My time is all volunteer, and I do this because I truly believe God is putting this in front of me and am so grateful YOU all make it possible.
Unfortunately the budget at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang has been severely trampled on. The last vet bill was about $1500 including the trimming and gelding. Our vet is amazing and gave us every break she could and Twizzle is actually a filly so that also helped.
We appreciate and thank you with every fiber of our being for the help, but this is a crisis, and for some reason God put it in front of us. We have been asked by the Sheriff and several other folks, including Karen, to be there asap.
So as soon as we deliver these beautiful babies the 1000 miles, we have to jump back in the truck and go 1500 miles up to South Dakota. This is a lot of traveling and to be honest, not my preference. At this time, I know of only 4 other trailers that are expected to show up. But God definitely placed the ISPBM situation in front of us and we will do our best to help in any way we can.
Again, THANK YOU for all you have saved, but we are in desperate need of more help to save more of these horses. IF you are interested in adopting any of these beautiful horses, please contact us asap at 530-339-1458.
The following is an update and support request from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.
Last week Matt and I went to ISPMB and brought home a 3 year old and 2 yearlings. The situation is pretty complicated at this point and Karen is trying to adopt out approximately 100 horses.
Four State Vets went out and one horse was scheduled to be euthanized, and approximately 30 need to be sorted for special care.. The count was 810 horses on site, and as of now the Sheriff’s office and Counties are feeding the horses. The horses have been gaining weight steadily with all the good food.
Karen is providing a detailed plan to care for, feed and provide necessary care for the horses. Per the Court order she has until the 21st of October to provide her plan and until I believe the 11th of November to follow through. IF the county does not accept her plan, the horses could be seized and if not adopted out by December 1st they would go to “auction”, and we all know what that means. Karen feels confident that she will retain her horses but does want to make sure she downsizes.
At this time there are many horses available for adoption. Matt and I were asked to return next week to pick up more horses to be adopted out. We are working with Karen to get some good homes for some of these beautiful horses.
It is definitely not an inexpensive endeavor, but circumstances dictate helping to move as many horses as we possibly can before the bad weather hits.
Below are pictures of the horses we brought home. They also need hoof care badly.
A heartbreaking series of photos were posted of the starving horses at the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros property. These horses and burros need your help in ways more than sending money. Contact the Dewey County Sheriff’s department for ways you can help.
This is a repost of an article by Ashley Parker at ratemyhorsepro.com
Claims of more than 30 wild horses dying horrific starvation deaths fall upon a South Dakota charity tasked with preservation.
“It’s heartbreaking and devastating. There aren’t words when you’re here,” says Colleen Burns, the former senior project manager for the International Society for the Protection of Mustang and Burros (ISPMB).
Burns was fired Thursday after going public regarding the horses’ plight in Lantry. The 501(c)3 organization is home to approximately 650 horses.
Video shows horses suffering from what Burns says are various forms of neglect including untrimmed hooves so bad they can barely walk. The horses are not supplied with the necessary farrier care. Others are unable to rise due to their weakened state from a lack of nutrition as the land is barren. Their bones protrude from their slight bodies. A stallion’s penis is unable to retract after injury and is left without care along with a mare’s visibly broken ankle.
ISPMB’s website states its goal is to prevent the elimination of unique wild herds with a model management program for wild horses. “I think its a miracle [ISPMB] lasted this long,” Burns says, adding the organization needed to start a horse management program 10-years ago because the group is in deep.
The charity’s lack of financial resources led some local hay suppliers to halt hay deliveries to ISPMB after debts went unpaid.
Burns says horses began dying in mid-June. She took her concerns to the non-profit’s long-time president, Karen Sussman, who is responsible for the management decisions surrounding the care of the four herds.
“[Sussman] knew full well what was going on,” Burns tells Rate My Horse PRO. “She acted shocked. It was like there was a disconnect between her and her understanding of what was happening.”
Sussman witnessed the horses’ deaths or gave instructions for euthanasia by gunshot, Burns says. “[Sussman] wouldn’t allow anyone to make decisions regarding the horses, but herself.”
Those decisions didn’t allow for veterinary intervention.
By late August, Burns reports the once sporadic hay deliveries stopped. She took her concerns to ISPMB Board Member Cheryl Rowe of Rapid City. Rowe came to the property two days later and documented the neglect.
Rowe resigned at an emergency board meeting on September 4, 2016 after her attempts to discuss the horses’ dire needs were reportedly seen as an attack on Sussman.
Burns says a tongue-lashing is what she got from Sussman and ISPMB Treasurer/Secretary, Bobbie Meyzen, of Redding, CT. “I tried to affect change by taking it to the board and instead I was scolded by [Mezyen] like a school child.”
Meyzen allegedly admitted to Burns she knew about the horses dying from starvation.
Jill Irvin, of Chandler, AZ serves as ISPMB’s Director.
The state veterinarian and Dewey County Sheriff department came to the ranch mid-September. Officials are monitoring the property daily to ensure the horses are now receiving hay.
Dewey County Sheriff Leslie Mayer says the criminal investigation into the horses’ alleged neglect is ongoing.
Burns says she hopes the organization and horses survive, but admits the current regime needs a change.
Sussman is facing a charge of felony grand theft in Perkins County for allegedly writing a bad check of almost $9,400 for hay. If convicted she faces up to 10-years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
“I was gravely concerned and I took steps,” Burns says. “I love these horses.”
We did not receive a response from Sussman prior to publishing.
Note: If you would like to donate hay to the horses, local officials have established a fund.
Please send to
DEWEY COUNTY AUDITOR
PO BOX 277
TIMBER LAKE, SD 57656-0277
PLEASE MAKE PAYABLE TO DEWEY COUNTY AND MARK FOR THE ISPMB HORSE FUND.
This post is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue
Horses dying of starvation, in pain and in critical condition. I spoke with the Sheriff this morning and he said the horses will be seized from ISPMB and a walk through made by the vet, and the horses that need to be humanely euthanized to end their suffering will be taken care of. As we can provide CRITICAL CARE, he said we need to be there on Thursday.
We have no idea who we will be bringing home, but we desperately need funds to accomplish this rescue. If no one can provide the critical care, the horses will have to be euthanized. So right now we are getting ready for the long drive out there.
Please help us give them a chance. They deserve so much more than they have been given.
The Sheriff agreed that the solution is to find safe loving homes for these horses. But for the ones who need critical care, we have to be thereThursday.
It feels like such a lost cause, because there are so many, but God is telling me to help the ones we can. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP to HELP THEM! Please share this far and wide and donate if you can. We were hoping for a breather, but cannot in good conscience not try to step up and help.
Future AZ Generations Will Enjoy Historic Wild Herd
Lantry, SD -A settlement of appeals was agreed upon between the Forest Service of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF) and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) and the TerraWind Ranch Eco-Action Group (TREAC) assuring the future protection of these unique wild horses.
Represented by attorneys Anthony Merrill and Tiffany Andersen of Polsinelli Law Firm in Phoenix, the groups met with the Forest Service in Albuquerque on May 6th to hammer out the resolution of the appeals filed against the Forest Service on December 23, 2015 pertaining to the Land Management Plan for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
The resolution harmonizes the plan with the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. It removes certain inflammatory language pertaining to the horses and finally it requires the FS to show how the plan will impact the wild horses.
ISPMB’s president, Karen Sussman, said, “This was a well deserved achievement that required the persistence of our wonderful attorneys and the cooperation of the Forest Service with Cal Joyner, Regional Forester, at its helm.” Sussman further added, “This was the right thing to do – it is the law.”
Jill Irvin, Executive Director of TerraWind Ranch Eco-Action Group stated, “These wild horses have a long and rich history and are an integral part of Arizona culture. Their presence in the ASNF adds aesthetic value and contributes tourism dollars to our economy, and they deserve to be recognized and valued as wild life species.”
In 2005, ISPMB and their attorney, Anthony Merrill, successfully obtained an injunction in United States Federal Court for the District of Arizona stopping the Forest Service from “rounding up, removing, or awarding a bid for capture and removal of horses from the ASNF.” The Forest Service was to complete a Territory Management Plan for the Heber Wild Horses.
Attorney Merrill said, “I am pleased that the Forest Service will work with the affected and interested groups and our clients to develop the much needed Wild Horse Territory Plan.”
We hope you will support our efforts as ISPMB continues to WIN for our wild horses.