Horse rescuers taking in record numbers amid drought, hay prices

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Horse rescue agencies are taking in a
record number of horses in recent months after the dramatic price
increase for hay.
The U.S. Equine Rescue league normally takes in about 100 abused
or neglected horses each year in three states. This year, the
agency already has 170 horses from the states -- including 90 horses
from North Carolina.
Other states are facing similar drought-related problems.
Equine cruelty investigator Kathy Grant said the rural roads in
her eastern Tennessee community are lined with pastures dotted with
emaciated horses. She said a round bale of hay that cost $12 this
summer now costs $100.
In South Carolina, rescue volunteers said bale prices have
tripled.


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