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Rescue Horses in Better Health

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One-hundred-and-fifty-seven horses were seized from William Keifer over one year ago, but now the news that he has purchased another horse has angered a Horse rescue in Mandan. Tonight she is speaking out on the conditions of these horses, and her fear that the neglect could happen again.

The pens at the Triple H Horse rescue are fairly empty, but 19 months ago they were filled with extremely sick horses and mules.

"There was a lot of lice there was a lot of ring worm, and frost bite and depression other than the obvious which was starvation," says Alison Smith of Triple H.

The animals were seized from owner William Keifer last January, and Keifer is now back in the spotlight after violating his sentence of animal neglect, by purchasing a horse.

"My immediate response was simple anger, and then after I thought about it I got angrier and angrier," she says.

Smith has been rescuing horses and mules since 2007, but healing the animals involved in the Keifer case was particularly heart and gut wrenching.

"I would like to see him never be able to own horses or livestock again because I would be very afraid. This was a large scale issue this did not involve one or two animals, or someone having a bad day. This was a large scale and intentional knowing that this was happening. My thought would be that it's very possible it could be happen again," says Smith.

The rescue took in about 129 of those horses and mules, but they say all of those animals have now gone on to be placed in great homes.

"It put a final they're gone they're re-homed but they are healthy. It was good but bittersweet," says Smith.

While the chapter might be closed on re-homing the animals involved in this case,
Smith and the rescue remain open to helping animals in need.

After his conviction of animal neglect, Keifer is not to own, or be in control of any animals for two years. Authorities say he bought a horse last month, he appeared in  Burleigh County Court yesterday.

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