Man Sues Troubled Wild Horse Sanctuary In South Dakota

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A Pennsylvania man who bailed out a failing wild horse sanctuary in South Dakota by purchasing its ranch is now suing the nonprofit for nearly $135,000 in delinquent rent.
    
John Fine filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 against nonprofit International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros and Karen Sussman, the society’s president.
    
The society surrendered nearly all of its 810 horses last year in a deal with state and local officials. The move came after images and videos surfaced in 2016 that revealed starvation and neglect of horses on the nonprofit’s South Dakota ranch.
    
Fine had been supportive of the society and bought the ranch from Sussman in 2013 to lease it back to her. Fine sold the ranch in August.
    
Sussman didn’t return the newspaper’s requests seeking comment.
 

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