Marylou Tortorello

Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

13 Hands Equine Rescue is a 501c3 animal rescue. We specialize in the rescue of unwanted, abused and slaughter bound horses. Most of our horses are rescued from kill pens and auction houses where we are their last chance.  The slaughter of horses is a highly profitable business and most of the horses are ill-treated, underfed and scared.   All of our horses are sent to a quarantine facility for 30 days so they can rest and regain their health and strength.

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

Seeking a property that has pastures and barns. Indoor or outdoor riding areas would also be ideal. 

Description of water access required:

Potable water for the horses. 

Description of fencing required:

Horse safe fencing

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Ideally would like to purchase a property, but are open to other options. 

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?