Animal Rescue farms and organizations are usually the glimmering pinnacle of the animal rights world. They take in abused animals, give them the medical treatment they need and the love they want. However, while good animal rescues are the pinnacle, bad animal rescues must be the hard bottom. While most who rally against animal cruelty and for animal rights have rarely ever heard of a bad animal rescue organization, it seems Rocky Acres Horse Rescue was one of them.
Rocky Acres Horse Rescue was run by Thomas Jessberger and Dalene Rindel just outside of Townsend, Montana. However, it has recently gone up for sale causing arrest warrants to be put out for the pair who were not on the premises at the time of the raid. The raid was conducted on March 11 by the Broadwater County Sherriff's Office after multiple complaints of skinny horses on the rescue farm on Antelope Road. After entering the property, police officers and animal care volunteers seized 28 malnourished horses, five sickly goats and a scrawny donkey. The animals were then transferred to and are currently being cared for at the Broadwater County Fairgrounds.
After a lengthy investigation, investigators found that the hay and food offered to the animals was of astonishingly poor quality, with much of it moldy. The horses had neglected feet and teeth. All of the animals were heavily infested with lice and exhibited untreated injuries. A deceased horse was eventually exhumed from its grave and sent to authorities for a necropsy. The results revealed that the horse had a bone marrow fat content of .2%. A healthy horse has a bone marrow fat content of 81%, deeming it extremely likely that the dead horse had starved to death.
The owners of the horse rescue are still at large and if found guilty for the one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and 34 counts of felony animal cruelty they will face two years in prison for each animal cruelty count and a $2,500 for each count as well.