News Short: Rescued horse passes away

Helping hands care for Elsa at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 4, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Ginger Grimes

CEDAR CITY – Elsa, one of the horses rescued from poor living conditions in Enoch earlier this month, has passed away.

The 18-month-old filly appeared to be making a miracle recovery at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses in Cedar City where she and her mother, Anna, were taken after being rescued. However, the horse sanctuary announced on its Facebook page that Elsa took a turn for the worse and died around 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

The Facebook post said that Elsa passed away in the arms of caretaker Ginger Grimes, the owner of the horse sanctuary, and was surrounded by the people who had taken part in caring for her. Dingo, the ranch dog, noted for refusing to leave Elsa’s side since her arrival, continued to remain by her side as she passed.

Elsa and Anna were taken to the sanctuary for care after Enoch Animal Control was alerted to the horses’ poor conditions. Both horses were described as being in poor health and emaciated. While Anna was still able to stand and walk, Elsa was found lying prone and frozen to the ground, unable to move.

The owner of the horses has been charged by police with two class-B misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

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Helping hands care for Elsa at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 4, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Ginger Grimes
Helping hands care for Elsa at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 4, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Ginger Grimes

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3 Comments

  • Ann January 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Two class-B misdemeanors? That is so wrong the punishment for cruelty to animals needs to be harsher. I hope that he has to repay the rescue for their costs too.

  • Craig January 19, 2014 at 5:37 am

    There are so many animals being kept in deplorable conditions in Utah. Unfortunately, the laws here are not strong enough. The former owners of this horse should be horse whipped.

  • Ruth Baker January 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Should be 2 felony counts.

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