PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's MASH Unit has three rescued horses available for adoption and will soon have an additional two looking for their forever homes.
All five of the horses were surrendered to MCSO's Mash Unit in April, said Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, in an email to ABC15. He said the horses were treated for "various minor issues" by staff and inmate staff.
MCSO's MASH Unit cares for and rehabilitates abused and neglected animals and then helps adopt them out.
Hold your horses! We know you’re chomping at the bit to adopt an MCSO MASH UNIT horse. Well, we have good news! We have 5 beautiful horses ready to be adopted!— Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (@mcsoaz) June 11, 2019
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In his email, he said because of the horses ages, which vary between 15 and 23 years old, the horses "are not the best for riding long term. However, they make gear stall companions for other horses and animals. They are all very social and well-mannered horses."
The three horses that are available for adoption now are:
- Jessica, a 20-year-old female white Arabian Cross horse
- Ginger, a 20-year-old female brown Quarter horse
- Scarlett, a 23-year-old female brown Thoroughbred horse
The two other horses, Larry and Savannah, remain on a medical hold, but should be available for adoption soon, Gillett said.
Larry is a 15-year-old brown Quarter horse. Savannah is a 23-year-old brown Arabian horse.
Gillett said those interested in adopting one of the horses need to have the right housing to care for them, access to food and water, and be able to transport them.
There is no adoption fee, but donations are expected. Visits to the MASH Unit are by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 602-876-1212.
You can follow the MASH Unit's Facebook page to see what other animals are available for adoption.