Several horses placed in the care and custody of the Department of Agriculture through investigations by the agency’s Animal Control Unit are being offered for adoption to responsible individuals or organizations. All of the horses have been cleared to move to new homes, are up to date with vaccinations and have been implanted with a microchip. Some of the horses were removed from their owners due to complaints of neglect or abuse, and may have physical and social limitations that could require continued medical care or special living conditions.
Second Chance Adoption is available for Chinook and Cheyenne, Mustangs that came to Connecticut from Wyoming as part of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. The horses were seized from a Redding woman in 2014.
Animal Control Unit Supervisor Ray Connors says all of the cases have been resolved and the Department is the legal owner of the animals.
A full medical history will be provided to each adopter. They are now housed at the department's large-animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic.
Potential adopters will be required to submit an adoption application and signed adoption agreement, agree to a background check and inspection of where the horses will be housed prior to being approved and agree to other announced or unannounced inspections by Department of Agriculture Animal Control Officers.
Connors says they have people go through all of that to make sure the animals don't fall back into the hands of the people that the Department had to remove the horses from.