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Q & A: Calling in the Cavalry

Seizing 126 horses from an appalling hoarding situation, Marion County Animal Services knew exactly how to rally the troops

Seizing 126 horses from an appalling hoarding situation, Marion County Animal Services knew exactly how to rally the troops

In this excerpted interview, Jill Lancon, director of Marion County Animal Services in Ocala, Fla., describes how her department tackled an unusual hoarding case. She explained to Animal Sheltering’s Alexandra Kleinkopf how shelters burdened with a sudden influx of animals from major seizures can reach out to the community for help with the daunting task.

Animal Sheltering: What was the situation like, and how did Marion County Animal Services become aware of it?

Jill Lancon:We received numerous complaints from citizens that were going by [the] property, seeing these miniature horses in deplorable conditions. They were starving, they had real fuzzy, matted coats, feet overgrown like little elf shoes. … It had been occurring over the years, and [the owner] would correct the problem, and horses would start to do better, and then she would get rid of some of her herd, and then the numbers would increase again.

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