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Hay Prices Hurting Horse Owners
The rising cost of hay is forcing some horse owners to take drastic measures. Hay prices have forced some horse owners to get rid of their animals. Now some horse rescue groups are also having a tough time coping with the rising cost.
"It's just a bad situation," said Natalee Cross.
The President of Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue, Natalee Cross says her organization gets calls daily from people who can no longer afford to care for their horses.
"And you can tell it breaks their heart just as much to contact us and to ask for assistance but unfortunately, everyone is full and there are no outlets right now," said Cross.
We spoke on the phone with a Stillwater man who says he was recently forced to get rid of two of his horses. He did not want us to use his name.
"Hay is just too expensive," said the man. "It's just too hard to keep them fed."
He ended up giving his horses to a rescue group.
Meanwhile, Cross says the high cost of hay is also hurting horse rescue groups. She says donations are down and so are adoptions.
"It's hard because we have a lot of horses that are needing homes and a lot of homes that are afraid to bring in another mouth right now," said Cross.
A local Bermuda hay distributor says the average price of hay has gone up at least $20 for a big bale since last year.
"It's high, but we need it," said Kenneth Whitt.
Kenneth Whitt raises horses. He says he's seen the price of hay go up over the years.
"I was buying the same bale for 20-dollars, ten or fifteen years ago," said Whitt.
Hay distributors attribute the hay price hike to the drought.
"I think our bags of grain have gone up by 2-dollars just in the last 30 days," said Cross.
Cross hopes hay prices go down soon, so she can continue to rescue as many horses as possible.
If you'd like to make a donation to Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue, visit their website: http://www.blazesequinerescue.com/
FOX 25 NEWS
Posted: Tuesday, September 4 2012, 10:21 PM CDT
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Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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