On Wednesday, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office reported 71-year-old Linda Gentsch is being charged with 36 counts of animal cruelty.
According to the sheriff’s office, in the Veterinarians report the intake veterinarian states this herd was the “sickest” group of horses she had ever encountered in an intake exam.
The sheriff’s office is reporting they were contacted by the Colorado Humane Society last Wednesday on a report that horses were being neglected on three properties owned by the same person. The owner claimed she couldn’t afford to have a veterinarian examine the animals and “knew they were too skinny,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Last Thursday, Humane Society Investigators, and individuals from the Harmony Equine Center for horse rehabilitation, and the Park County Animal Control Deputy executed a search warrant on the properties where 36 horses were seized and transported to the Harmony Equine Center for Veterinary evaluation and rehabilitation.
One of the horses had to be euthanized immediately due to a health condition. More than half the horses were carrying foals. All of the animals had to be quarantined due to a conditions known as the strangles, a respiratory infection that is contagious and can be deadly if not treated.
The case is ongoing.