DEWEY COUNTY, S.D. -

The Dewey County Sheriff reports that the county auditor has set up an account for the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros horse fund.

Monies can be sent to:
Dewey County Auditor
PO Box 277
Timber Lake, SD 57656-0277

Please make checks payable to Dewey County and mark it for the ISPMB horse fund.
If you have questions, you may call the Dewey county auditor at 605-865-3672.

If you want to make a credit card donation, you can call the Dewey County Treasurers office at 605-865-3501 and make arrangement through the treasurer. There is a fee by the credit card company.

All funds in this account will be utilized for the care of the ISPMB horses.

Also Dewey and Ziebach County Sheriffs offices are making a list of local farmers and ranchers that have grass hay for sale that can be purchased for the care of the ISPMB horses.

If you have grass hay available, please contact either Sheriff Les Mayer at 605-865-3330 or Sheriff Gary Cudmore at 605-365-5177.

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A former employee says wild horses on a South Dakota ranch are dying of starvation and other causes.

The Dewey County sheriff is investigating the situation. Former International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros employee Colleen Burns estimates over 30 horses have died since June.

Burns says she was fired Thursday after publicizing her allegations about conditions at the north-central South Dakota ranch. Karen Sussman, president and longtime leader of the society, says Burns is a "disgruntled employee."

Those allegations can be found here: (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzm33apCmsnrX0pLUEwzUlFKOHc/view

Burns says insufficient grass and financial troubles making the society unable to buy enough hay have led to the deaths. Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer says he ordered Sussman to feed the horses each day or risk citation or arrest.