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☛ Horse Rescue shut down amid investigations 4-25-18



April 25, 2018

HiCaliber Horse Rescue, a Valley Center, California, nonprofit, is at the center of an inewsource investigation, as well as multiple government investigations over allegations of fraud, animal abuse and improper veterinary practices.


“I am heartbroken to report we are shutting down,” wrote Michelle Knuttila, HiCalibur’s founder and president, in a Facebook post. “It’s getting harder and harder to find the peace amongst the war we now call rescue.”


It has been reported that there have been ongoing investigations by local and state agencies; statements from former HiCaliber board members who said they knew nothing about the nonprofit’s financials and that records filed with the government were inaccurate; an alleged outbreak of a highly contagious equine disease at the ranch that was kept under wraps and Knuttila’s questionable expenditures, including thousands of dollars spent on Weight Watchers, spy technology, late-night fast food and bar tabs, as well as other purchases.


Attached is an advertisement put out by the ranch regarding their facilities:

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One Comment

  1. My name is Alexander Ramirez, and I was surfing the web looking for non-profts charged with Racketeering for a Maine case I’m researching. I came across your article and read up on the “investigations” you’re enduring. I hope the best for you, in the meantime…
    I am a federal and state courts “Qualified Racketeering Investigator” and certfied expert in Complex Major Fraud investigations. I am a retired police Detective Sergeant with over 37 years experience in these matters. Anyone in this field will tell you the benefits of conferring with an expert if your organization is charged with a crime. If you or your legal representative needs assistance, I will be happy to confer telephonically. I can be reached at or at 954 328-3591.

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