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Sagebrush Ranch horses in need of adoption


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Sagebrush Ranch horses in need of adoption

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Aug 13, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Fallout continues from the illegal horseback riding business at the center of a Contact 13 investigation.

Meet Waylon, one of the few remaining Sagebrush Ranch horses. The skinny gelding was adopted Monday by a local couple. You could see his ribs, much like many of the malnourished horses the county took. 

But he's now happily munching on fresh, green hay at his new home.

Photos: Horses at Sagebrush Ranch

Sagebrush Ranch, run by Jacque Fitzgerald, was shut down in mid-July when Clark County Animal Control impounded all 36 horses out of concern for the animals' health and welfare.

The action came after Contact 13 began investigating. Our reports exposed a business operating without licenses or permits and run by a woman with a long record of violations and convictions related to the care and feeding of her animals.

We talked to Jacque Fitzgerald last month.

"The county thinks you're not taking care of your horses, you're not feeding your horses and you're over-working them," said Darcy Spears.

"Well, that is just absolutely not true," Fitzgerald said.

On Aug. 4, Fitzgerald plead guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and doing business without a license in cases dating back to 2012. She paid a $200 fine and will not get any of her horses back.

She remains under investigation regarding the horses the county recently impounded, all of which animal control's vet said were malnourished and in need of medical care.

When we updated this story two weeks ago, we reported one horse had to be euthanized due to its condition. We've now learned a second horse had to be put down.

There are six horses left at Horseman's Park that the county is still trying to find homes for. 

Anyone interested in adopting should contact animal control at (702) 455-7710.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.