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Shadarobah Horse Rescue looking for a new home

Michelle Heitz has been providing mistreated horses with safe haven since September 2008.(Photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)
Michelle Heitz has been providing mistreated horses with safe haven since September 2008.(Photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:01 am
As many as 42 horses from Shadarobah Horse Rescue could be without a home by the end of the week due to a legal dispute with the current owner of the property where the facility is located. According to a press release from the organization, negotiations with the property owner have reached an impasse and Shadarobah Horse Rescue must be moved from its location on U.S. 33 between Fort Wayne and Churubusco. An attorney for the rescue, Cody R. Williams, said negotiations to keep the rescue facility in its current location have been ongoing for months.

The rescue agreed to a judgment months ago in order to delay a much earlier eviction, in hopes of reaching a new agreement to purchase the property.

The horses of Shadarobah are now facing the prospect of being without a

home beginning Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Michelle Heitz, president of the organization, said Wednesday that she was hopeful property owner Darryl D. Alger would give them 30 days to vacate, but as of Wednesday afternoon, Williams said the property owner had refused.

Williams reportedly was drafting an injunction to file, seeking relief.

"I am in shock," Heitz said.

She was told by her attorney that the property owner wants them gone Friday, but the horses can stay.

"I don't know how they plan to take care of them; its not a one-man job," Heitz said late Wednesday.

Heitz said another property has been viewed, but no details have been finalized. If the move has to take place, volunteers would also be needed.

Shadarobah Horse Rescue has launched an online campaign to save the rescue through its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Shadarobah, including an online fundraising drive through the website http://www.gofundme.com/Save-Shadarobah.

Heitz said no matter what happens, they have an obligation to the rescue animals in their care and that due to Shadarobah's status as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, all donations received are fully tax deductible.

Alger was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon.


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