ADA — Old, blind and abused horses have about three weeks to move. The 32 horses have been living out their last days in a pasture south of Ada occupied by nonprofit organization Greener Pastures Horse Rescue Foundation. On Monday, Elizabeth Munson, 75, got a call from a real estate agent saying she needed to move the horses within 72 hours. But the agent called back Tuesday and said she had until Aug. 15. "I feel like I’ve been abandoned. I think God has moved and not left a forwarding address,” she said. "I don’t understand why things can’t go smoother. I’m trying to help these guys (horses). I don’t want them going to the killers. That’s where they would go. There’s got to be some way, some place, someone to help these horses.” The land, old barn and house with no air conditioning or heat ended up with a trust company in a May 1 sheriff’s sale of foreclosed property. The property owner had been paying the mortgage and allowing Greener Pastures to operate there. Munson said she thought she’d be able to avoid the eviction notice for the forgotten horses. Each horse has a touching story, she said. This isn’t the first time Munson has been told to find a new home for her horses. In 2002, she was notified she must move Greener Pastures from land near Spencer. That was the fourth time in two years the rescue operation had to move because properties the foundation leased were either sold or developed as housing additions, she said. Adel Nasreddine, president of Israel Diamond Supply in Tulsa, said he wants to buy the land she’s on now so she doesn’t have to move. "The horses cannot speak for themselves and didn’t do anything wrong on their own, they’ve just been wrongly done.” At the land auction, Nasreddine’s bid of $75,000 was declined. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. bought back the property for $140,997, according to the county court clerk’s office. Nasreddine said a couple of weeks ago somebody in California called and asked if he was interested in buying the property. "I said of course, if they’ll take the $75,000 I will pursue it further. But I haven’t heard anything from anyone,” he said. Nasreddine said he would like to buy the property and allow Greener Pastures to remain at least until Munson can find something permanent. Representatives from Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. could not be reached for comment. Munson said moving is always difficult. "I don’t know what I will do,” she said.
How to help
The Greener Pastures Horse Rescue Foundation was formed in 1981 when Elizabeth Munson rescued 37 starving horses. For more information, call (580) 777-4774 or go to www.greenerpastureshorserescue.com.