Saturday, August 30, 2008

Horses Abandoned in Ocala National Forest

DeLand-Deltona Beacon [FL]
26 August 2008

Horses suffer in difficult economic times
Official seizures of neglected horses are 'tip of the iceberg'

By Pat Hatfield

[...] As economic times get harder, suburban legends float around Central Florida.

One involves horses abandoned in the Ocala National Forest.

For example, local Horse Protection Association of Florida representative Beatty said she's heard a story about a pair of horses left tied to a tree in the forest, with a note begging someone to take them. Alternative stories feature horses simply turned loose, to fend for themselves.

Deputy Ranger Carrie Christman, who's posted at the Ocala National Forest, said she's heard these stories, too, but rangers have never found any abandoned horses in the forest. Silver said she doesn't know of any such cases, either. [...]