LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Many ponys and steeds end up at the Hidden Hollow Horse Rescue Facility in Lawrence County, because of starvation, dehydration, the cold, the heat or abandonment.The facility has been up and running since 1979.
President of the organization, Klieta Bagwell says the calls usually increase during the winter months.
"I got so many calls from sheriff's departments and from people. By this time the horses were starving or dead; lying down in the field. We lost a tremendous amount of animals last year," she said.
Often by the time they got the call, it was too late for the horse. "Last year probably around February, I lost six and that means I went to rescue them and four of them died in the field. Right around the time I got there and then the other two by the time I got transportation there, they were dead," she added.
So what causes people to mistreat these majestic animals? Bagwell says it's a combination of abuse and neglect.
Bagwell says she wishes more people would give up the animal or lease them out, rather than abuse them.
Employees at the facility will come and pick up the animals giving them a safe horse haven.