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Neglected Ahtanum Horses Group Having Trouble Finding Permanent Homes

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Earlier this year NBC Right Now brought you the story of nearly 50 neglected horses at Ahtanum Ridge in Yakima. 

We caught up with the group of women who are continuing to feed those horses and talked to them about how frustrating it's been to find these animals permanent homes.

The women say our report in January helped put pressure on the owner of the horses.

The owner has now stepped up his care. Before, he hardly ever fed them and now he does so every couple days. But the women say it's not enough and they expect up to 20 of the horses to give birth this spring. That could possibly cause trouble when some toxic weeds return. They want to find these horses a permanent home.

"(I'm) very emotional," Brenda of the Ahtanum Horses group said. "It's very emotional. You want to see them as happy as my horses."

These women tell me they have helped other horses in need around Yakima under their non-profit organization, "Ahtanum Band." The ultimate goal of the group is to put these horses into loving homes either by way of a state rescue group or individual adoptions but they still need permission from the owner and the Yakama Nation. Our calls to the Yakama Nation were not immediately returned Sunday.

If you would like to help out, you can donate on Pay Pal by giving to the Ahtanum Band or you can reach them by clicking here to go to their Facebook page.


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