Arizona group rescues horses impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 9:43 PM, Oct 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 12:00:19-04

More than a month after Hurricane Harvey devastated a large swath of southeast Texas, supply shortages and other problems remain for those trying to put everything back together.

Three days ago, Jen McCleve and eight close friends set off for Houston with six tons of feed to help out the area's sizeable horse population. They also delivered food for smaller four-legged friends and supplies for schools. 

Instead of returning empty-handed, the group decided before they left to bring back as many livestock as they could. 

In total, the group's trailers fit seventeen horses and a mule, some of whom had been slated for kill lots back in Texas. 

The success took weeks of planning, and the trip to Arizona required lots of stops.

"We did stop frequently to check on their health and well-being, giving them medication if needed," McCleve said.

Most will spend a short time before heading off to more permanent homes across the Valley, though six are going to California.

McCleve will also make that trip with the animals, to make sure they reach their final destination safe and sound.