The horse below (photo at unknown date) was one of more than 20 horses removed from Rocky Acres Rescue & Sanctuary. Pictured after seizure (above.)
Twenty-nine horses were removed from a purported horse rescue in Montana after authorities continued to receive complaints alleging neglect.
Deputies obtained and executed a search warrant leading to the seizure of the equines and five goats from Rocky Acres Rescue & Sanctuary in Townsend. It is the largest seizure of horses in the history of Broadwater County, according to the sheriff. The horses are now under veterinary care.
Rescue founders Tom and Dalene Jessberger run a horse training and boarding business out of the same 10-acre farm.
Donation requests to feed horses and start a therapeutic riding program are posted on the charity’s website. According to the IRS, the rescue is not an approved 501c3, although the horse rescue reports it applied for the status.
The group’s board members include Tiffany Simpson, Keith Simpson, Donna Lane, and Harley Hewitt.
Charges have not been filed in the case.