Reward Offered for Information on Horses Found Abandoned Near San Luis, Colo.

Jun 1st, 2012

DENVER – The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) and the Costilla County sheriff’s office need help in finding the owner of six abandoned horses found in a rural area near San Luis, Colo. They were found on Road 10 and Road Z.

The horses—three mares and three studs—are extremely sick and malnourished. The horses range in breed, age and color: a palomino mare (15 – 17 years old); a sorrel filly; a bay filly; a brown colt; a bay colt; and a grey colt. Several are halter broke.

“We need help from the public in finding the owner of these horses,” said Costilla County Sheriff Amos Medina. “Their condition indicates that they have been fending for themselves for quite a while, and we hope someone knows where these horses came from."

CHS assisted the Costilla County sheriff’s office in rounding up the horses and transported them to a facility for immediate veterinary care and proper nutrition.

“It is clear that these horses are domestic and may have been intentionally abandoned by the owner, probably due to their illness,” said CHS investigator Bret Smith. “Three of the horses have a body condition score of 1, indicating extreme emaciation, and the others are not much better.”

Information about the horses can be reported to the Costilla County sheriff’s office at (719) 672- 0673, the Colorado Humane Society at (800) 249-5121 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).

Crime Stoppers will offer a reward for any information leading to an arrest or citation in relation to this crime, and the person reporting the tip can remain anonymous. Anonymous tips also can be reported online at or texted to 274637 (CRIMES).