Sixteen horses and a mule seized by the State Department of Agriculture in animal cruelty and neglect cases have been nursed back to health and are being put up for auction Saturday at the University of Connecticut.
Money from the sale of the animals in the “Second Chance” program goes back to the rehabilitation program. Equine Science students from the University of Connecticut organized the annual Horse Auction and Tack and Equipment Sale. Besides the animals, vendors will be on hand, selling used boots and equpment, saddles, and equine trinkets.
Fourteen of the animals were cared for at the Agriculture Department’s rescue barn at the Gates Prison in Niantic. Though the Corrections Department is closing the prison itself, the animal rescue operation there will continue to operate. The remaining three horses were rehabilitated through an agreement with the Military Department.
Each animal being sold has an identifying microchip. ‘
More information on the sale is available at the Department of Agriculture website, or by calling (860) 713-2506 .