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Horses May Be Relinquished as People Economize


Associated Press
      LAS CRUCES — The Dona Ana County animal control officer says he's concerned that people will abandon horses as the economy sours.
    Curtis Childress says he's starting to get calls from people wanting to give their horses to his agency because they no longer an afford to care for the animals.
    He says people are having to stop and look at their finances as the cost of gasoline soars and feed becomes more expensive.
    Childress says his division has taken in several horses in recent months, but cannot keep doing so because resources can be stretched only so far.
    The supervisor of the New Mexico Livestock Board's southwestern region, Sam Wilson, says corn-based feed is pricer because it's being used for ethanol.


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