Famous Stallion Dual Peppy, who was purchased for between $500,000 and $650,000 by the current owner , was part of 10 horses rescued from a barn full of rotting horse corpses by the El Paso County Sheriff's department last week.
Renters on the property in Black Forest, Colo. not only made the discovery of the malnourished horses, but also found at least 12 dead horses who covered in lye and tarps rotting in the barn. The barn was the only shelter for the malnourished horses, whose pens were surround by lush grass that they could not reach.
The horse breeder who owns the property, Sherri Brunzell, has been sanctioned by the American Quarter Horse Association and will never be able to participate in any events and is prohibited from being a member in the future. However, she may be able to pay a $6,000 fine and regain custody of the seized horses.
According to news reports on RateMyHorsePro.com, a horse advocacy group, there was evidence that the 10 horses seized by police from the property were already suffering from neglect as early as the fall of 2013. Also, the surviving horses had overgrown hooves and the majority had bones showing through their skin, evidence of malnutrition at the least. In this article, Brunzell claimed the dead horses in the barn died from colic and she could not afford to dispose of them.
Dual Peppy who is of special note for his blood line, past performances and purchase price was one of the horses rescued during the raid. A Facebook page devoted to bringing awareness to his condition was started last week and already has more than 29,000 likes.
For images and news coverage from station KDVR click here.
For the Facebook page and coverage by Rate My Horse Pro click here.
For the Facebook page Justice for Dual Peppy click here.