Michigan hay shortage leaves hungry horses

Humane Society stretches thin to help hungry Michigan horses in need of food, medical attention

Published On: Oct 09 2012 05:52:27 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2012 06:01:02 PM EDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

More and more horses are going hungry in Michigan.

This year's drought nearly wiped out hay crops across the state. The price of hay has tripled, leaving the Humane Society of Huron Valley to deal with a dozen horse cruelty cases. The horse owners simply can't keep up with the cost.

"We're seeing a lot more horses that are being turned in or neglected. So, as a Humane Society we're trying to care for these animals which is posing a huge financial burden on us," said Matt Schaecher, cruelty and rescue supervisor.

Huron Valley is digging deep into its pockets to feed the neglected horses who also need dental work and medicine. With a little help, the Humane Society hopes keeping the horses full won't continue to break the bank.

"We're seeing a lot more calls for neglected horses or horses that are thin," said Schaecher. "And it's because of the cost of hay."

For more information on the Humane Society of Huron Valley and how to help go to www.HSHV.org.