14 horses are dead following a devastating accident on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Missouri. On Sunday night, a tractor trailer hauling 29 horses overturned in the median off of Washington Exit.
On Monday, MERS-Large Animal Rescue recounted what happened:
Upon arrival, the Boles Fire Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol were on the scene. The trailer was tipped on its side in the median. Two injured horses were being held just outside the trailer while three other horses were contained by the Highway Patrol west of the exit on Hwy 100.
A Veterinarian, their assistants and the MERS team members started removing the horses with lots of assistance on the pull ropes by fire department personal.
Some of the horses were standing some were down. Each horse had to have a halter put on and was either lead out of the trailer or pulled out of the trailer with our straps using a backwards or forward assist.
Some of the horses died in the crash, others had to be euthanized because of injuries. The rescue group wrote:
One draft type horse was unable to stand due to exhaustion and injuries after being removed from the trailer. With the help of the rotator crane on the tow truck and using our lifting straps and lifting bar we attempted to get the horse to stand. The horse was unable to support its weight on its front end and had to be euthanized.
Most of the surviving horses have been taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, you can make a donation for their care here.
Though unconfirmed, comments on the rescue group’s post and photos indicate that the horses were being transported to a facility to be slaughtered.
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