Dogs and cats arenít the only animals suffering as the economy takes a toll on pet owners.


Dogs and cats arenít the only animals suffering as the economy takes a toll on pet owners.

Rescue groups in Kansas say theyíre seeing a surge in the number of horses being abandoned, especially older horses.

ďTheir owners canít or donít want to take care of them and turn them loose,Ē said Andre Miller, president and founder of the Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary near Valley Center. ďAnimal control picks them up and brings them to us. We are getting more starved and neglected animals.Ē

Rescue groups like Hope in the Valley take care of homeless horses and try to find people willing to adopt them. But thatís becoming harder as the prices of hay and grain rise, and rescue groups are receiving fewer donations.

Miller said the 3-year-old shelter normally cares for 10 to 15 abandoned horses at any given time. But in recent months that number has jumped to between 25 and 30 animals.