Search warrant: Owner says 14 horses in Black Forest died from colic

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Stallion Dual Peppy shown as he was found in a Black Forest barn on Sept. 22, 2014. (Credit: Facebook / Justice for Dual Peppy)

BLACK FOREST, Colo. — The owner of 14 horses that were found dead in a Black Forest barn last week said the animals died of colic and she couldn’t afford to remove the carcasses, according to a warrant obtained by KRDO.

Ten horses were found alive in the barn and all but two appeared to officials to be in good health. A veterinarian was brought to the barn to evaluate the animals.

“It was very surprising to walk into that situation. In 25 years I haven’t seen anything quite… In the shape that it was in yesterday,” Dr. Randy Parker told KRDO.

The warrant added the skeletal remains of one horse were in a green dumpster collection bag and the other 13 remains were inside the barn.

The owner, Sherri Brunzell also told El Paso County Sheriff’s officials that the horses did not have a regular vet because of expenses. She will face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. The horses were moved to a private facility by the Colorado Humane Society as were some llamas found on the property.

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