Six new ponies to call horse barn home after tragic fire

Six new horses

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, MICH. - The nonprofit that lost 13 therapy horses in a barn fire earlier this month was able to purchase six new ponies after the community rallied together.

The Barn for Equine Learning posted pictures of the new ponies on it's Facebook page Wednesday morning. 

"Good day at The Barn with 6 new friends. Now that is some serious pony love! Thank you community for supporting us and making this happen," reads the Facebook post

The nonprofit has raised $35,550 of its $50,000 goal to rebuild through a GoFundMe page as of Friday afternoon. 

On April 8, thirteen therapy horses were lost in a barn fire. Fire crews spent more than eight hours on scene putting out the fire. Only two horses of the original 15 were saved -- they were being held in a separate location. 

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The Barn for Equine Learning director, Kat Welton vowed to rebuild, for the sake of the children and young people the horses helped everyday. The horses were honored at in a memorial service. 

Welton says the nonprofit was in the process of setting up surveillance cameras, however the cameras for the barn had not been installed before the suspicious fire broke out. 

The Kent County Sheriff's Department is investigating the fire as a criminal matter. Deputies have previously told us they believe more than one person may have been responsible for the fire. Deputies have no related a name, but have identified one person of interest to the case.

The sheriff's department is unsure of the exact cause of fire still. Anyone with information that could further this investigation is urged to call the Kent County Sheriff's Office at 616-632-6125.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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