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South Dakota Dewey County Auditor Creates Way to Donate to Starving former Wild Horses

October 7, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Dewey County Auditor has joined the ranks of those trying to help horses at a South Dakota ranch that are reportedly dying of starvation and other causes.

The horses are at the rural Lantry ranch of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, in north-central South Dakota about 110 miles northeast of Rapid City.

A Tuesday evening Facebook post by the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office says the Dewey County Auditor has set up an account, the ISPMB Horse Fund, to help feed the horses.
Money can be sent to: Dewey County Auditor, P.O. Box 277, Timber Lake, S.D., 57656, according to the post. People are asked to make checks payable to Dewey County and mark them for the ISPMB Horse Fund.

The post adds that the Dewey and Ziebach county sheriff’s offices are making a list of local farmers and ranchers with hay for sale that can be bought for the horses.

If sellers have grass hay available, they can contact Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer at 605-865-3330 or Ziebach County Sheriff Gary Cudmore at 605-365-5177.

According to a former employee of the sanctuary who went public last week, a lack of control over the ranch’s ballooning horse population taxed the organization’s pastures and finances to a crisis point.

The former employee, Colleen Burns, said 30 or more horses have died since June for lack of grass, hay and veterinary care. Her photographic evidence shows badly emaciated horses, some dead and some dying, and some with overgrown hooves or grotesque injuries or wounds.

Mayer said last week that he has investigated the ranch and turned over his findings to the two state’s attorneys. A veterinarian for the state Animal Industry Board has also investigated the alleged neglect of the horses and is advising the state’s attorneys.

Several other wild-horse organizations have also stepped in to help, including Hot Springs-based Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
Susan Watt, executive director, said donations enabled two truckloads of hay to be dropped off at the Lantry ranch by Monday morning. Given the ranch’s estimated population of more than 600 horses, Watt estimated that amounted to only three days of feed.

She encouraged anyone wishing to donate money, hay or pasture space for the ailing horses to contact her at 605-745-7494 or

Watt said she’s willing to accept the donations or put contributors directly in touch with a hay seller. The website also notes that people can send checks to IRAM, Box 998, Hot Springs, S.D., 57747, marked “attention ISPMB Emergency Hay Fund.” Online donations can be made in $50 increments at

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary also has links to the Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary Alliance, a California-based coalition, to make donations online at

Another venue is also: