For a horse its probably the closest thing to Heaven on earth – the Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue & Sanctuary in Northwest Georgia
Rarely have the citizens of Cherokee County, and subsequently those in surrounding areas, expressed more outrage than they did after what came to light regarding the treatment of several horses along County Road 32.
Following a joint investigation, which included the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and calls to State Department of Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, two Gadsden residents, Leon Junior Green and LaToya Diane Green, were arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty in connection with the case. The results of the investigation were presented to the District Attorney’s Office and the pair was arrested last Friday, July 7th; they were released Monday, July 10th after meeting bond set at $2,500 each.
An investigation was launched following complaints by members of the community, but the help that eventually came, unfortunately came too late for a mare that had to be euthanized Three other horses are however in good hands. They are now in the care of Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue & Sanctuary just across the state line in Chattooga County, Georgia.
The facility is owned and operated by Lee and Phil Rast, and we spoke with Lee Tuesday morning and she gave us an update on the horses they’ve taken in from Cherokee County:
Lee informed us that the other two are on the road to recovery as well:
Red Clay Ranch is a fully licensed non-profit organization that accepts abused, neglected or starved horses as well as older horses living out the remainder of their days or even young horses that may not be adoptable due to injury. They currently have 85 horses in their care As a 501c3 non-profit the Red Clay Ranch is supported through donations, and all funds are directed solely to the care of the horses.