Oklahoma Law Enforcemnt To Get Help With Abandoned Livestock
KSCB News - January 24, 2012 8:19 am
State and agriculture officials say a
lengthy drought that has scorched Oklahoma pastures and sent the
price of hay skyrocketing is leading to an increase in abandoned
On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of Agriculture Jim
Reese announced the launch of a program designed to help local law
enforcement agencies pay for food and veterinary care of abandoned
animals that are seized.
Reese says there is a particular problem with abandoned horses
that owners can no longer afford to care for.
The program is designed to solicit contributions and provide
financial assistance for local sheriffs who may be forced to care
for abandon animals.
Much of Oklahoma’s pasture land has been decimated by drought,
and ranchers are struggling to pay for higher-priced hay.