A longtime horse rescue organization is shifting events from its home in Gilbert to a new facility in Prescott after receiving a citation for violating Maricopa County zoning regulations.
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue will keep its horses in Gilbert but host events at a new downtown Prescott venue called The Beastro, the nonprofit recently announced.
The 16-year-old ranch made the decision after the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department told the organization in December that it had to get a special use permit. That involved bringing several buildings up to code that had been built without a permit. Also, the county told the ranch it had too many horses.
The county took action after somebody filed a complaint.
The ranch estimated it would cost $50,000 to $80,000 to meet a wide array of county regulations.
The ranch, at 1181 S. Lindsay Road, houses more than a dozen horses and even more cats on a 1.2-acre facility. It has sheltered retired government horses from the National Forest Service and rescues Grand Canyon hiking dogs from the Havasupai Indian Nation.
The ranch funded its operation with horse clinics and music and arts events at the facility.
The events will now take place in Prescott, though horses aren’t allowed at that location. Instead, The Beastro will host art, music and other events. Also, it’s a dog-friendly venue that has helped dog owners down on their luck.