Archive for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Horses at closing boys ranch need new homes

June 12, 2014

— Sedgwick County is looking for homes for eight horses that had been kept at a home from troubled boys that is closing in July.

Commissioners voted Wednesday to move the horses, which are ages 13 to 25, out of the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch near Lake Afton. It’s one of many things that must be done before the ranch closes.

The ranch is being shuttered because the county said it could not afford to operate it. The state did not budget more money for the ranch during the last session.

The Wichita Eagle reports 14 boys will remain at the ranch until July 18 to complete summer school, with the last boy scheduled to leave July 20. The county likely will lay off a few employees at the ranch.

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