Ending the abuse
A former cutting horse champion is living the life of a legend after almost being starved to death by his former owner.
Dual Peppy was one of ten horses and four llamas discovered neglected in Colorado. The animals were living in a makeshift tomb containing the decomposing remains of 14 former stablemates. Dual Peppy was emaciated and almost unrecognizable except for the brand on his left hip.
Getting the horses out of their torture chamber wasn’t easy, but Diana Rizer and a few others never gave up. They fought for the horses until the authorities listened.
In May 2015, the stallion’s former owner, Sherri Brunzell, was found guilty of animal cruelty. The former American Quarter Horse breeder was sentenced to 60-days jail, 5-years probation, and is banned from owning horses or llamas. She appealed the judge’s sentence in November.[irp]
The judge ordered the animals be re-homed by adoption or sale, depending on the individual.
Dual Peppy’s mahogany coat reflects the sun. His muscles ripple showing no outward sign of the torture he endured. The stallion is doing great, according to his new owners.
As a part of Dual Peppy’s adoption agreement, his new owner’s identity and location remain secret after the case’s publicity. They say in a statement that he is enjoying being a horse. Dual Peppy’s days consist of horse friends, lush green pastures to graze, and lots of attention.
Where is Dual Peppy now?
updated December 2016
In an unforeseen turn of events, the woman selected by Colorado horse rescue Blue Rose Ranch, Inc. rehomed Dual Peppy with Jim Babcock.
Blue Rose Ranch’s Executive Directors John and Cheryl Webb selected Hudson resident Christi Fontaine to “adopt” Dual Peppy in September 2015. A year later, Fontaine had not paid off Dual Peppy’s “adoption” fee with $1450 remaining.
Fontaine claims she did not sell Dual Peppy, but that Babcock took over the final payment and she gave him the aged stallion. Babcock of Babcock Ranch in Sanger, TX, has a history with the horse and says he intends to let him be a horse despite breeding rumors.
We contacted Cheryl Webb of Blue Rose Ranch, but she hung up when she was asked: “what good is a contract if you aren’t going to enforce it?” Just prior, Webb said the rescue would not pursue legal action against Fontaine for breaking the written horse adoption contract.
Webb also refused to share the adoption contract with us.
As a result of Cheryl Webb hanging up during our conversation, it is unclear what the Springfield horse rescue’s vetting process entails, leading to Fontaine’s selection as Dual Peppy’s adopter. It is unknown why any adopter is allowed to “finance” or pay an “adoption fee” over time, but it begs the question what was the fee?
And at what point does an adoption fee become a sales tag?
Accordingly, why was Dual Peppy’s fee so high? He was already rehabbed by the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center before his September 2015 release to Blue Rose Ranch.
Blue Rose Ranch posted the below statement on Facebook, which remains online. Non-profit horse rescues have an obligation to be transparent and accountable regarding their actions.