South Dakota officials have postponed the auction of up to 650 mustangs. It is the latest turn after mustang sanctuary operator Karen Sussman allegedly starved her horses prior to the authorities involvement.

South Dakota Auction of Karen Sussman’s Mustangs Postponed

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South Dakota officials have postponed the auction of up to 650 mustangs. It is the latest turn after mustang sanctuary operator Karen Sussman allegedly starved some of her horses prior to authorities becoming involved.

Sheriff Les Meyer said adoptions approved prior to December 1 can proceed until December 18th. The horses were scheduled to ship to Faith on Thursday. They will remain at the Lantry ranch that the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) calls home.

Sheriff Meyer says he is unable to disclose why the plans changed. It does mean he will be working on Christmas. The sheriffs’ departments remain responsible for caring for the horses he says.

The Rapid City Journal was the first to report early Wednesday that a group of horse organizations reached an agreement with officials to save the horses from shipping to auction. The consortium offered to reimburse the counties for the unpaid costs of caring for the horses. Those involved would also take over the horses’ care and find them new homes. The deal needs Sussman’s consent, but she reportedly failed to show for a recent meeting and didn’t respond to the proposal.

We will continue following the latest in this on-going situation.