FRANKTOWN - The owners of a nonprofit horse and animal rescue are mourning the loss of two of their beloved horses, Bucky and Gypsy.
Don and Bonnie Buckner, a husband and wife team, are co-owners of the Buck n' r' Ranch Animal Rescue, now based in Franktown.
Last Wednesday night, storms rolled through the ranch and their property was struck several times, according to neighbors.
Two horses who were out grazing and did not have a chance to get to safety. Don and Bonnie discovered they had been killed by lightning the next morning.
The couple moved their animal rescue to Franktown from the Durango area in October. They hadn't quite finished constructing the run-in sheds for their horses.
Don says they are devastated by the loss of their animals. Yet, it's a sobering reminder of how dangerous lightning can be.
Gypsy was Don and Bonnie's first rescue horse, a 13-year-old Gypsy Cob X. The other, named Bucky, was an eight or nine year old Pasofino. He was Bonnie's professional horse.
Gypsy and Bucky were buried on Buck n' R' Ranch Thursday.
The Buckner's have about 19 animals at their the non-profit rescue ranch, including horses, goats, german shepherds and cats. The ranch's expenses are mostly self-funded.
Don and Bonnie have decided to construct a memorial garden on their property in memory of the horses.
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