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Horse rescue struggles after founder Judy Glore dies

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Horse rescue struggles after founder Judy Glore dies

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Nov 10, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - After Judy Glore lost her battle to cancer in may, the remaining volunteers at H.E.A.R.T of Tucson struggled to move forward.

"It really was tough," says H.E.A.R.T of Tucson Vice President Cindy Butierez. "The struggle was extremely tough at the very beginning. We didn't know where to begin."

Butierez says Judy knew everything about the rescue, and how to fund it.

"Being able to find the funding without her here has been probably the biggest and most difficult situation we've been in," she said.

The monthly cost to run the rescue is about $4,000, and that's everything from buying hay to paying for veterinarians.

H.E.A.R.T held a tack sale Sunday to help put a dent in that monthly cost but also for Domino, who needs surgery on his leg.

"We're saving a horse that has a lot of potential that would otherwise be put down or sent to slaughter," said Mark Glore, Judy's husband.

And Domino is just one of 22 horses they currently care for.

"We've got horses coming in they're emaciated," says Butierez. "You can see their skin and bones and that's horrid."

Butierez did worry at one point that the rescue might not go on without Judy, but their volunteers stepped up.

"It's H.E.A.R.T of Tucson," she said. "Our hearts are really in it."

And while they continue Judy's work, Butierez says they will always keep her memory alive.

"We want to keep her legacy going," she said. "It's really important for us to do that for her."

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Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.