Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Seizes Starving Horses

Apr 17th, 2013

LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo.  – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant on Sat., April 13, to seize nine horses from a property in the Hall Station area in lower Lincoln County. In response to a call from a member of the community, a sheriff’s office deputy visited the site and found nearly a dozen emaciated and some injured horses, including one mare with a five-day-old foal. Charges are pending and the owner(s) or care takers of the horses may face nine counts of animal cruelty, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The Colorado Humane Society (CHS) and the brand inspector assisted the sheriff’s office to remove the horses, which will remain in the care of the sheriff’s office and CHS during the investigation. In addition to the horses removed, three horses were being cared for adequately and appeared in good condition and the twelve remaining horses were able to forage enough to sustain themselves. Officers will continue to monitor the property to assess if more horses need to be removed.

Most of the emaciated horses were mares. One gelding had a large open wound on its hind leg and a body condition of 1, the lowest body weight condition on the Henneke scale, which is scored 1 to 9.  The horses were inspected by a veterinarian on scene. “I want to remind everyone who owns horses or other animals that in these drought conditions you may have to cut your herds back,” said Sheriff Tom Nestor.  “I would rather you call for resources for animals you can’t afford to feed than have to come and remove them.” Some available resources would be the Colorado Humane Society, the brand inspector or your veterinarian.

"We’ve seen this type of animal abuse before," said Katrina Schou, manager of field services for the Colorado Humane Society. "It doesn’t matter who you are or what your reputation is in the horse community, it has been proven over and over that law enforcement officers in this state will not tolerate animal cruelty."

If you suspect animal abuse in your community, contact your local law enforcement or file an anonymous report with Crime Stoppers, (720) 913-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips also can be reported online at or texted to 274637 (CRIMES).


The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, Colorado-based nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on donations and are not affiliated with any national advocacy group or government agency, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We work with local law enforcement and government agencies to investigate and prevent the cruelty and neglect of companion animals and horses–NOT livestock–in numerous Colorado counties and to educate the public about humane animal care. For more information, to donate or to report animal cruelty or neglect, contact the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA at or (800) 249-5121.