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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The organization's mission is to protect, preserve and understand wild horses and burros as well as their habitat. (see schedule o number 5 for more detail)

Programs: The organization's goal is to prevent the elimination of unique herds and to find a solution that would help to raise the public's awareness of the need to protect wild horses and burros on public lands. At present, the organization is creating a model management program for wild horses in our country and currently manages four unique wild horse herds - the virginia range herd, the white sands herd, the gila herd, and the catnip herd. The organization also manages a partial herd which contains nine west douglas stallions and one mare. The white sands and gila herds are endangered and exist nowhere else but with the organization and the catnip herd is threatened and may not exist in the next few years. The virginia range horses were previously given to the cheyenne river sioux tribe to manage on their land; however, the herd (100 horses) was returned to the organization by the tribe when they could no longer keep the animals in a conservation program.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Paula F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

According to ISPMB today, they are moving. Who will be overseeing the court order to have no more than 40 horses? Who is going to look out for the long term care of these horses that will likely be allowed to freely breed just like they were before. This is truly disturbing.

Review from Guidestar

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The horses this charity alleges to care for were impounded by the South Dakota state attorney due to long-term starvation and neglect (over 800 horses at the time of impoundment) in the fall of 2016. On January 27, 2017, a hearing is scheduled wherein a judge will decide the disposition of the horses. Three legitimate horse rescue groups have petitioned the court to transfer ownership to them so that they can provide the extensive care these horses require and then place them for adoption. The president of International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros continues to solicit donations as a 503(c)(3) charity when neither she nor the ISPMB have control over the horses and are the ones responsible for the long-term neglect and starvation. A search of the Internet will substantiate what is written above. (Note the overgrown hooves on the young horse in the attached photo. This is one of hundreds with neglected hooves.)

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Going back over 5 years we have been telling this organization that it was out of control and they needed a massive contraception program plus adoption program to pull numbers down to levels that the organization could realistically care for. The answer has always been "We are fine and are about to sign on a major donor". Well this mythical donor has never appeared and the horses have paid dearly for the myopic view of the ISPMB Board of Directors and the manager Karen Sussman. There is no adequate excuses for allowing things to get this far out of control.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horrible animal abuse...130 horses starved to death...Abuse going back many years...No vet or hoof care...Donated funds goes to cover the presidents bad financial decisions not to horse care...Dewey County Sheriff has to care for the horses now ...Do Not donate to this horse abusing horror show...

8 Joyce16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am on the Board of another equine rescue and have been disturbed by what has been happening at ISPMB for more than 3 years. The most recent events are of such a horrible nature that it is time for the horses to be rescued from this so called rescue. They need to be investigated for animal cruelty and fraud!

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

On Oct 11 2016 there was a court hearing. The judge has placed the horses in the care of law enforcement. Here is what the veterinarian who examined the 600-plus horses reported:

“Ownership [ISPMB] does not appear to have the means, money, labor, and facilities to support and manage a population of animals this size,” the report said, “and does not appear to have adequate plans to assure the future of this herd. Based on my findings as outlined in this report, it is my determination that animal neglect is present at this facility."

Do not give ISPMB, led by Karen Sussman, any money - they are killing the horses.
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As of Oct 2016 local law enforcement is seizing hundreds of starving and dying horses belonging to this organization. It is a travesty that has been going on for years. It has to stop. Uncontrolled breeding, no vet care. Stop these romantic notions of preserving wild horses -- all they do is starve and die inch by inch. For what??? This is the very definition of inhumane.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

To Preserve a Herd: Keep the genetics, social, sexual dynamics intact as best as one can until the right place to rehome them. An example of rehoming is with the Camargue Horses in South France where a similar organization with love and dedication (and tons of hard work) with also limited space Until the French Government released them in the south of France. (you know the white horses running through the waves?)
Laziness is the last word to Karen Sussman. She could outwork anyone of the commenters on this page. Hoarder, not so much either -- Cold unfeeling, she feels for everyone of her horses. Needs actual physical help --yes!! Needs a home for the herd to be safe --- yes!!

6 Lisa357

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How on earth do 30 horses starve to death? That's a long, tortuous death and you did what? Watched them die? This is absolutely disgraceful and should be fully investigated. Those poor souls deserve justice. Shame.

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

You are clearly in over your head and waited until it was too late to ask for help. For you to allow constant breeding, insufficient care, and allow these majestic horses to starve is criminal in every sense of the word. The letter you wrote is appalling to myself and every other advocate fighting for the American Icons. To attempt blame on the public for not financially supporting something you took responsibility for is outrageous at best. It was you who envisioned this task and something you should clearly know is that you cannot and never should rely on donations alone. You have no business attempting to tackle something so large as there was no plan in place, nothing, nil, zero, and only the horses have suffered. It is time that you step down and your board to step up to the plate. Not one person owes you a dime, not one person owes you anything. You had an opportunity to speak out and ask for help months ago, but you chose to wait until these beloved animals suffered and perished, from starvation, grotesque hoof issues and and you even allowed the starvation of babies. How dare you!!! The numbers you stated in your letter do not even make sense, let alone and yet you even bring up the fact that you will launch an even larger campaign for more property. Dear God, please stop!!! Who is responsible for all of your accounting, planning and future demand of care? I pray that people are smart enough to not give another dime to you, but instead donate hay directly. I also pray that law enforcement charges you to the fullest extent of the law. Due to your horrible decision making and misuse of funds, the horses have suffered. You need to be asking for people to step up and take in horses instead of putting money into your incompetent hands. You can no longer be trusted to make the best decisions on behalf of those who you were supposed to be a voice for.

8 Christina133

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

ISPMB has failed in its stewardship of these animals.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'm not sure how someone could watch horses starve literally to death. Shame on you for not reaching out or adopting out these horses and taking the necessary means to control and manage the herd. I'm heart sickened to see the malnurished and neglected horses caused by pure neglect and laziness.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

For a sanctuary to allow uncontrolled breeding is unacceptable. These poor horses are paying the price for lack of oversight and better management is needed NOW!!! Horses are dying here.

7 wetarez

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The President of the organization has been breeding, hoarding & neglecting horses for years. Now, huge story in the news about starving, neglected and dead horses. Shame on them.

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/employee-wild-horses-died-of-starvation-on-south-dakota-ranch/article_ae1b4114-5554-51c2-bfdf-a2887b78dc87.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share%2F