State Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky announced today the up-coming sale of a group of rescued animals consisting of 10 horses. The animals are consigned to the University of Connecticut’s Annual Spring Horse Auction and Tack and Equipment Tag Sale, to be held Saturday, at the UConn Horse Arena on Horse Barn Hill Road in Storrs. The sale pre-view will begin at 11 a.m. and the auction at 1 p.m.
The rescued and rehabilitated animals offered for sale have been cared for at the Department of Agriculture’s Second Chance Large Animal Rehabilitation Facility, located at the York Correctional Facility in Niantic. The barn, built in 2003, is a cooperative effort of the Departments of Agriculture and Correc-tions. Animals at the facility—all of which have been seized as a result of evidence of animal cruelty and neglect—are cared for daily by Department of Agriculture staff and York Correctional inmates.
More than 200 horses, mules, and donkeys have been rehabilitated at the facility since its opening.
“The Animal Science Department of the University of Connecticut’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been an important partner in finding good homes for the rehabilitated animals,” noted Commissioner Reviczky. “The staff and students have taken a genuine interest in the animals, showing cooperation and dedication at each sale since 2003.”
To see photos of the 10 horses, click here.
Below is one of the horses named Eclipse.
The animals consigned to the sale have been at the rescue barn for some time and are completely rehabili-tated back to a healthy condition. The horses have current vaccinations, health certificates, negative Coggins tests, and each has a microchip (LifeChip®) for identification purposes. All records will be available to interested parties.
For more information regarding the Department of Agriculture’s animals, contact its Animal Control Division at 860-713-2506 or visit the auction website, which provides information and photos of all of the rescued animals.
For general information regarding the Annual Spring Horse Auction and Tack and Equipment Tag Sale, visit the website or contact the university at 860-486-2034.