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Many Horse Owners in Ohio Forced to Give Them Up

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Horse-rescue operations in the Buckeye State say they have been slammed with requests from people who say they can't care for their horses and need to give them up.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, part of the problem is the rising cost of hay, which as not fared well during the unusually dry, hot summer. Some owners can no longer afford to feed their horses.

Victoria Goss operates the nonprofit Last Chance Corral in Athens in southeastern Ohio. She says she's turned away dozens of horses because her stables are already full.
She said monetary donations have declined lately, and high prices for hay add to the financial strain.

Goss says caring for a horse costs at least $1,000 a year, and fewer people are able to take on that burden.

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