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Horses Left Without Homes Due To Increasing Hay Prices

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Hay prices have been tripling across the state, causing many boarding houses for horses to raise prices to feed them. Now they're reporting people are having to give up their horses due to that cost in price.

Hugs 2 Horses in Fowlerville takes in abandoned or sick horses and gives them a place to stay until they're adopted. However, because it's getting so expensive to feed horses, no one's adopting them.

"Our biggest concern is we can't find homes for them any more. We're getting them in but no one wants to take them out. So there's no turnover," said Owner Joanna Goodall of Hugs 2 Horses.

Goodall says the rescue is already at full capacity with 24 horses and other nearby sanctuaries can't take any more either. There aren't many other options for people who can no longer afford to feed them. They can sell them to a slaughterhouse for a fraction of what they paid or they can put the animal down, which can also be pricey.

"You have to get an injection and put them down humanely and that's costly, and people can't afford that if they can't afford to buy food. So they're turning them loose in parks, they're turning them loose in people's properties," says Goodall.

Goodall says she's worried about being able to afford enough hay for the winter and says about 60 percent of her family's personal income goes to taking care of these abandoned animals.

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