EXETER, Calif. (KFSN) --Horses ran wild at a rescue in the South Valley on Tuesday after vandals cut them loose. Locks and chains on the stalls were broken and the non-profit says it had to dip into feed money to replace them.
"Its been a very long, crazy day," said Jess Ahumada who is the program director at A&F Equine Rescue and Equine Therapy in Exeter.
Life is never easy on the ranch for Ahumada or his horses. There's 24 of them and they all need him to survive. "I've been using my own money to keep this thing going," Ahumada added.
He rescued every single horse at the ranch from different places in Tulare County and gave them shelter - some were abandoned, some were handed over and they're all in trouble once again. Ahumada said, "Now we need the help to rescue, to save us."
Money was already tight but Ahumada says he just lost a contract with the county which was supposed to provide $8,000 a month, "Right now, we're down to 50, 75 dollars left."
What he had left for feed, was just spent on new locks and chains for the stalls. The old ones, Ahumada says were picked and broken by vandals sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. When he showed up, eight horses were running wild. "They were just running at full speed, all out," he said.
They didn't get far because the main gates were still locked but the horses got into the hay before he could put them back in their stalls-- leaving them with just enough to last a few more days. "Waiting for another miracle to happen," Ahumada said, "waiting for people to open up their hearts."
If you'd like to help the rescue, there is an account set up at the Machado Hay Company in Tulare. Payments can be made over the phone to send hay straight to the ranch.
Machado Hay Company