By: AP
By: AP

ALTO, Ga. (AP) -- State officials will formally open a new facility in north Georgia to house abandoned and abused horses.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the Lee Arrendale Equine Impound Facility in Alto.

The new facility cares for horses that have been voluntarily abandoned by owners who were unable to care for them. It also shelters abused or malnourished horses that have been seized by state authorities. It's the fourth such facility in Georgia.

Inmates at Arrendale State Prison help staff the facility, which is roughly 20 miles northeast of Gainesville. The training that the inmates receive is designed to qualify them for work as veterinary assistants and animal caregivers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jasper Location: Bonifay on Oct 27, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    Yall are so ignorant, I do imagine that times are so hard right now people can't afford to feed a horse. A horse eats a lot and food cost a lot of money.Don't just assume that a horse in a run down condition is abused. Things get out of hand sometimes you lose your job and have No money for your self and then there is the animals. What can be done ? You do the best you can then people that hasn't ever been in that situation, want to b*tch about what you've done. Yall better fatten those horses up cause when push comes to shove, yall may be eatting them.
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