Horse rescue may be evicted Friday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Shadarobah Horse Rescue sent a press release on Wednesday announcing the organization’s imminent eviction from the property on which it houses its rescues.

“Ongoing negotiations with the property owner have reached an impasse and Shadarobah Horse Rescue must be relocated,” the release states.

As many as 42 horses with the rescue could be without a stable by Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m., according to the release. The property owner denied  a 30-day extension. An emergency injunction pleading for an extension will be filed with the court Thursday. 

Shadarobah had a land contract to make monthly payments to purchase at a future date. The rescue was facing eviction months ago but had agreed at the time to delay it in the hopes of reaching an agreement to buy the property, according to the release. It couldn’t fulfill that.

Last weekend, the property owner gave the rescue an eviction order.

Attorney Samuel Jarjour issued the following statement on behalf of property owner Darryl Agler:

Darrell was forced to protect his interests when he filed the Complaint against Heitzs on December 10, 2013. The matter was set for hearing on December 23, 2013 on the issue of repossession. Shane and Michelle Heitz agreed, through their attorney, that Mr. Agler would have possession of his property on February 5, 2014 at noon. They also agreed not to remove any permanent fixtures to the property. As the Heitzs did not voluntarily vacate the property by February 5, 2014, Mr. Agler, through his attorney, signed the Writ Book directing the Allen County Sheriff to assist Mr. Agler in regaining possession his property. Through coordination with the Allen County Sheriff, it was agreed that the Sheriff would effectuate repossession on March 21, 2014 at 9 AM. In short, Michelle and Shane Heitz have had notice at least since the filing of this action of Mr. Agler’s intention to regain possession of his property.

After Mr. Agler gains possession, he intends to allow for the orderly transfer of the animals to any subsequent farm that the horse rescue may acquire.

Darrell has recruited seasoned horse lovers to assist him in caring for the animals during the period of time that they may be responsible for the animals. These people have contacted local volunteers and veterinarians to assist them while the animals are in their care. Additionally, the Indiana Board of Animal Health along with the State Veterinarian have been contacted and informed of Mr. Agler’s intentions.

According to the rescue and an analysis by a company it hired, the property is worth around $200,000. That’s much less than what the property owner is asking. In the last 72 hours, Shadarobah has raised $6,000.

“Shadarobah is the home of miracles, and still can be with your help!  We are currently looking for another location that can accommodate an organization of this magnitude,” Michelle Heitz, President of Shadarobah, states in the release. “We are desperately trying to raise funds and no matter what happens we have an obligation to the over 40 rescue animals in our care.”

Shadarobah Horse Rescue has started a campaign to save the rescue through its Facebook page. There is also an online fundraising drive set up on GoFundMe.  

According to an update posted on the organization’s Facebook page on March 17, the rescue is in desperate need of the following:

  • Volunteers to feed and care for the horses, to clean stalls, handle the horses
  • Help with moving
  • Donations
  • Known locations for lease or sale to move the horse rescue
  • Resources, contact information for temporary placement of the horses if necessary


About Shadarobah Horse Rescue
Situated at 10113 Goshen Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 since 2008, Shadarobah is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization which takes in horses in need of homes due to changes in family situations, economic conditions, etc., saving them from slaughter, abuse and neglect with the ultimate goal of placing them in loving, nurturing, forever homes.  We work with local law enforcement agencies to ensure proper care of animals found in substandard living conditions.  We nurture and nourish these beautiful animals bringing them back to full health, knowing that many of the horses have endured traumatic lives as a result of neglect, abuse, malnutrition and poor health.  In caring for the horses, we are guided by the words, “May the future be better than the past.”   

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