PARK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Mark Walker, the man who owned dozens of malnourished horses near Hartsel, now faces eight charges of animal cruelty. The Park County Sheriff’s Office initially removed 48 horses from the property last month, then returned and took five more from Walker.
Nine more were rescued last week.READ MORE: Concessionaires Looking To Fill Thousands Of Open Positions At Denver International Airport
Officials say they feared many of the horses would have died before summer if it weren’t for law enforcement contacting the owner. They expect to invest more than $40,000 to heal the emaciated horses.READ MORE: As Vaccine Rates Remain Low For Communities Of Color, Door-To-Door Campaigns Help Build Trust In Doctors' Advice
Those animals are at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center in Franktown. In the weeks they’ve been there, Most have gained a substantial amount of weight. There are seven pregnant mares among the horses and the staff is optimistic those foals have a chance to be born healthy.MORE NEWS: Remains Of West Coast Bomb Cyclone Will Bring Stormy Weather To Colorado On Tuesday
None of the animals have died nor had to be euthanized.