Owner Of 23 Malnourished Horses In Central Valley Foothills Speaks Out
AUBERRY, Calif. (KMPH) —
For almost 11 years, Kim Anderson has taken care of horses.
By the time she moved onto a ranch in Auberry earlier this year, she had 23 to provide for -- many of which she said she rescued because they had nowhere else to go.
But now, the tables have turned for Anderson.
She's lost her job. The lush, green grass that once covered her ranch has now dried. And now, many of the horses she once provided for are malnourished and will be removed from the ranch.
"You know just over a period of four weeks they started losing weight a lot of weight," Anderson said.
The dramatic weight loss of the horses caused some concerned neighbors to take notice.
Neighbors said they insistently called the Central California SPCA For help.
Anderson says the SPCA came out, but did very little to help.
KMPH has attempted to call SPCA media representative Beth Caffrey nearly 25 times since late last month. No phone calls have been returned.
Anderson says that she was never against the idea of receiving help from the SPCA. But, she says that she was never given the opportunity.
The SPCA finally stepped in after several stories from KMPH, but Anderson says it was not the kind of intervention she was expecting.
"They didn't even ask the history of the horses.They didn't ask if they were registered. They didn't ask if they had any problems like a previous injury or if they were ride-able, what there temperament was, what they liked, what they didn't like. They just wanted to know their names and that was it," Anderson said. "It's almost like slash and grab."
The SPCA took four horses from Anderson.
"And then they showed up on Monday with the horse trailer and they told me that since I had talked to the media over the weekend . . . that they were going to seize my horses," she said.
On Wednesday, Anderson gave a few more horses to Silver Wings Rescue, a nonprofit organization she knows wants her horses.
Since KMPH aired the first story, donations have poured in to help feed the starving horses. And for that, Anderson says that she is thankful.
"That's one of the warm spots in all of this, is that people really do love horses and people really do look out for other people and they do care," she said.