Dumb Friends League caring for 20 horses after owner accused of cruelty to animals

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FRANKTOWN, Colo. -- Nearly two dozen Arabian horses were taken from the ranch of Carl Preyss in northern Larimer County, near the Wyoming border, after charges of Cruelty to Animals.

A year ago 20 of the animals were found on the property without water or food.

Then last December, deputies again found the livestock without food and water and last month authorities got a search warrant to evaluate the stock and search the property.

When it was found that no improvements had really been made through the year, the posse picked up the equines and took them to a new center—operated by the Dumb Friends League—in Franktown.

“We just want the animals to have productive lives,” said Chris Gallegos. “These could be prized horses if given some much needed attention and love.”

The animals in just a few days are feeling better, looking good and on their way to healthy and productive lives.

The new center –the DFL Harmony Equine Center—is one of a handul in the nation doing what they do to help animals get the care needed to stay healthy.

Once the criminal case is concluded the horses could either go back to their owner, or be adopted out to people who would offer them the care they need.