Horse survived 6 weeks alone in snow after owner abandoned her

A six-year-old mare that had been abandoned in the deep snow in the back country at Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, at the end of a hunting trip survived 6 weeks alone. According to her owner, BJ Hill, the proprietor  and operator of Swift Creek Outfitters and Teton Horseback Adventures, the horse named Valentine had become extremely ill and “had all the signs of dying.” At that point, Valentine was left on her own; Hill was sure a predator would have killed her in an area known for wolves.

Not so at all, because on December 14, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported a trail groomer spotted the dark-coated mare, albeit extremely gaunt and pawing at the drifts to find any hidden grass,  standing out in the deep snow. He contacted the Shosone National Forest’s Wind River ranger station in Dubois. By the next morning U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Dirk Chalfant found out who the horse belonged to and what had occurred:

“What I discovered is this horse had probably been in there for six weeks, and at a least three of those weeks it was probably in about five feet of snow and occasionally 30 below zero,” stated Chalfant.

And then came the plans for her rescue after Hill was told his horse had survived. Through ungroomed trails and snow still falling, Chalfant, Hill and Hill’s son loaded up some hay for Valentine and used a snowmobile to finally find her. When Valentine spotted her rescuers, she made it quite clear she had no intentions of being left behind again.

“She didn’t want to spend another night back there alone,” Chalfant said. “If we had to leave her and drive away, I think she would have been heartbroken.”

Thanks to the groomer who first spotted the horse, he was able to carve out a rough path and then the men built a road behind her. Attached by a lead rope, the snow was packed down by the men, as Valentine happily made her way out of Fish Creek Trail. For the next eight hours, the horse, at her own pace traveled nearly 20 miles through the deep snow; she had no “quit” in her. And when the men and Valentine reached the road, a trailer was ready to take her home to Pavillion.

Some true stories are just stranger than fiction. Welcome home Valentine.  (Photo of horse survived courtesy of US Forest Service.)

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Denver police officer loses one vacation day after ‘forgetting’ about his horse

A Denver police officer has been docked one vacation day after he “forgot” and left his horse tied in a stall for 16 hours without food or water. By the time the horse was discovered, released, watered and fed, he soon suffered from a severe case of colic and had to be humanely euthanized.

According to Channel 9News, the Denver Police Department mounted patrol officer, Joseph Teeter ignored his horse MC Hammer after the two had patrolled the downtown area on September 26, 2016. Teeter returned the horse to the Denver Police Mounted Patrol Barn, removed the saddle and tied the horse-leaving two to three feet of slack. Documents state Tweeter “became distracted doing paperwork and forgot he had left the horse tied in the stall.”

MC Hammer was discovered the next morning still tied to the eyebolt. Although he was fed and watered, the horse colicked, however veterinarians could not conclude that the illness was a result of being tied for so long. In a December 20 disciplinary letter, Officer Teeter’s “forgetting” “exposed a live animal to cruel and extreme conditions.”

MC Hammer was ten years old and had been with the police force for nearly one year. The disciplinary letter stated Teeter was extremely remorseful about the situation and had been devastated at the time of the horse’s death. The district attorney’s office did not press charges.

Rest in peace MC Hammer.

(Photo of Denver police horse via website)

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Woman banned from keeping horses after seen on skeletal racehorse

A 22-year-old woman from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England has been banned for ten years from keeping horses after she posted photos on social media of her riding a skeletal racehorse.charlotte-mcpherson-2

According to the AngleNews, Charlotte McPherson was reported last March to the RSPCA after irate animal advocates photographed her riding a skeletal horse at a public event. The malnourished Thoroughbred named Thor’s bony hindquarters had been hidden from view with a heavy blanket.

On Monday, McPherson pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty at Birmingham Magistrate’s Court. She had been charged with causing unnecessary suffering by failing to investigate the cause of the horse’s emaciated condition, failing to protect him from pain and suffering and injury by riding the horse in such poor condition. During the time, McPherson had the horse, she continued to ride him in that emaciated condition at least twice a week.charlotte-mcpherson-3

“Not only was he thin, but he had a sore on his spine which was underneath the saddle,” reported RSPCA Inspector Suzi Smith. “Thor would have been in a lot of pain while he was being ridden.”

In addition to the ten year ban on keeping a horse, McPherson was also sentenced to a year of community service, 160 hours of unpaid work and several fines including victim surcharges. Thor has since been rehabilitated and adopted and is reported to be living a wonderful life.

(Photos of skeletal racehorse via Caters and RSPCA screenshots)

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Horses found with racing tattoos burned off with acid

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is currently investigating an animal cruelty case associated with three Thoroughbred mares purchased from the New Holland Auction in Pennsylvania on Monday with their identifying lip racing tattoos apparently burned off with acid.horses-hit-with-acid-2

According to the Lancaster Online, veterinarian Dr. James Holt stated someone used a caustic or acidic substance to obscure the tattoos. Otherwise the horses were stated to be in good body condition. The Pennsylvania SPCA is now working with the Jockey Club and employing DNA testing to determine the identities of the mares believed to be between 12 to 18 years old. Dr. Holt has seen this before:

“It’s possible the person was obscuring the ID simply because they didn’t want to have the horses identified. You can still identify them through DNA, but it takes weeks instead of minutes. Racehorse owners might try to get around track regulations that prohibit sending horses to slaughter because it is costly to keep or re-home them.”

Tragically, Dr. Holt has seen this before – even to the extent of the tattoo carved out with a knife for the same reason. These horses, however were lucky and didn’t fall through the cracks. Now it will be the time to determine why the owner did this – to avoid getting in trouble with the racetrack for selling the horses to auction where they might end up being transported to slaughter or for another reason? Spokeswoman for the organization and director of public relations, Gillian Kocher stated the horses are eating and drinking and are expected to make a full recovery. After that, they will be made available for adoption.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the cruelty hotline at 866.601.7722.

(Photos of racing tattoos via Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center)

Horse dished out justice after kicking student for slapping her on hindquarters

Three people face criminal charges after slapping a Kingston, Ontario police horse during the annual Queen’s University homecoming celebration on Saturday, but not before the horse dished out justice by kicking the student. According to Global News, the horse named Murney, had been on patrol with her partner Saturday afternoon when she was slapped multiple times.kingston-ontario-horse-2

A woman was released at the scene, but will be issued  a summons. Two men were arrested and have been charged with causing injury to a law enforcement animal.  A video posted on Instagram shows a woman running up behind a horse and slapping it on the side. The startled horse reacts and kicks her left rear foot causing the the woman to fall down. The young woman quickly gets back on her feet and runs away.

Murney is  one of the latest horses to join the team, and fortunately the horse kept her composure:kingston-ontario-horse-3

“It speaks to the danger of approaching a horse and striking it from behind,” Const. Steve Koopman told Global News. “It could have been a much worse situation… Luckily the animal didn’t bolt and the officer wasn’t harmed.”

Hopefully the woman and the other students learned not to  slap a horse on their behind. It could have been much worse!

Photos via Twitter

Horse killed by bow and arrow while grazing in pasture

Authorities in Barre, Vermont are searching for the person responsible for killing a family’s 23-year-old Quarter horse with a bow and arrow while she peacefully grazed in the pasture behind her home on Prospect Street. According to the Independent, the horse named Bunny was killed sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning; an arrow piercing her rib cage causing her to slowly bleed to death.

A part of an arrow was found lying in the pasture; another piece was found in the horse’s stomach. Police Chief Tim Bombardier stated the act was intentional, and even though it is bow hunting season, no hunter would be out at that time of night. In addition, there would be no way Bunny could have been mistaken for a deer considering the horse weighed 1,200 pounds and where she was grazing near her barn.

Bunny’ owner, Regan Howard is devastated over the death of her horse.

“Bunny was a sweet girl,” Howard said. “We bought her 15 years ago. She was my daughter’s and my first horse.  She was a great horse. She’d never be afraid of anybody.”

 

A reward is being offered and the public is asked to help find the culprit who shot a sweet, friendly horse. The responsible person faces charges of aggravated cruelty to a domestic animal and felony unlawful mischief. Anyone with information is asked to call Barre police at 802-476-6613 or submit a tip online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

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Disturbing cruelty: Horse dragged behind truck as foal follows to keep up

A horse owner, who tethered his mare to the back of his pickup truck and dragged her along main roadways in Lincolnshire has been slammed among citizens, animal advocates and social media for causing “distressful, traumatic and painful”  animal cruelty reports the Express.

horse-dragged-thru-traffic-2On Thursday, a heartbreaking 57-second video shows the frightened animal nearly getting hit by an oncoming driver at a T-Junction in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The blue vehicle was spotted when the driver pulled out of a field with the horse tied to the back of the truck, and a foal was left to frantically follow behind her mother.

The video clearly shows the horse struggling to keep up as the rope pulls tighter whenever the horse slows up. At one part in the video, the foal was almost hit by an oncoming vehicle as the baby had no idea what was happening and danced  around the traffic in pure fright. Cars swerved and braked to avoid hitting the young horse.

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, the RSPCA  has asked for the public’s help in identifying the driver.

“These images look very distressing; it must have been very traumatic and painful for this horse to be pulled along in this way with a foal trailing behind. Other road users are also being put in danger by the looks of these pictures…”

Anyone with information is asked to call the cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.

(Photos via screenshots of video)

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Authorities search for person who abandoned severely injured donkey

The Fontana Police Department in California are asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for intentionally dumping a severely injured donkey in the foothills of the city last week.fontana-police-depart-burro-4

According to Animal Services supervisor with the Fontana Police Department, Jamie Simmons, the elderly donkey had been abandoned late Tuesday evening in an open area near Armstrong Road and Locust Avenue. According to The Sun, several area residents called police for help. When authorities arrived, they found the very friendly animal had an open gash on his left front leg which had been wrapped in duct tape. The burro also had numerous untreated open wounds on his body.

“The donkey was in pretty bad shape and had open wounds all over his body – some smelly infections were seeping out of the wounds,” reported Simmons. “He was a sweetie, but animals have a good way of hiding their pain.”fontana-police-depart-burro-3

Veterinarians estimated the donkey’s age as ten, but stated his prognosis was poor; the donkey was humanely euthanized on Wednesday.

Authorities have described the animal’s unique harness as having been made of PVC piping and hope someone will recognize the donkey. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fontana Police Department at 909.350.7700. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

Rest in peace sweet donkey.

(Photos  courtesy of Fontana Police Department Facebook)

Tethered horse struck by vehicle and dragged to its death

In Canaan, Maine, authorities continue to search for a hit and run driver of the vehicle alleged to have struck a horse and dragged her to her death on Wednesday morning along Hubbard Road, reports the CentralMaine.com.

According to the horse’s owner, Sierra Miner, 21, her four-year-old Appaloosa mare named Lucy had been grazing along her driveway while tethered to two cinder blocks when  a vehicle apparently swerved onto her property hitting Lucy from behind. From there the injured horse was dragged struggling and bleeding down Route 23 for at least a quarter of a mile. The driver of the vehicle never stopped, and authorities are looking for a tan or gold pickup truck spotted by a neighbor on the road the same time Lucy was struck. There were no witnesses to the accident, but the vehicle will likely have front end damage.sierra-miner

Miner received the horse as a gift about a year ago. She had tied the horse to cinder blocks at the end of her driveway while she took a shower, and just moments later her phone had been “blowing up” with calls telling her her horse was dead and lying on Route 23.

Lucy weighed 1,000 pounds and stood just over 15 hands. Maine State Police Trooper Jill Monahan said that the matter remains under investigation. A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible. Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said there was no new information Friday, however according to a news report from Wgme13,  State Police had stated, based on the tracks in the road and the bloody trail after the Lucy was hit, they think she was so frightened, she may have run off.  Her body was found on the road – the rope, halter and part of a concrete block still attached. Miner doesn’t agree with that at all.

“I really think it might have been an accident at first. It looks like they swerved into my front yard, and the blocks got caught somehow. You could see how my horse tried to get away. She dug her back hooves trying to fight. I know that she was dragged,” stated Sierra.

And with a broken heart, Sierra described how Lucy must have suffered.

“They just kept going, There were no braking marks. It was just go – go, go, go. I call it torture because not only did they hit her; she struggled, she fought… They hit her, and she got caught and they dragged her. She fought so hard, her back hooves split. They were almost gone…”

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police in Augusta at 624.7076. Help Lucy find justice.

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Outrage sparks U.S. government to say it has no plans to kill 45,000 wild horses and burros

After an enormous outrage from Americans across the nation, following an announcement on Friday that an advisory panel proposed to kill 45,000 wild horses and burros, the United States government quickly did an about face on Wednesday, and according to Reuters‘ update, stated they have no plans to euthanize the animals.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management contend they are having a tough time trying to find people to adopt the number of horses and burros and complain about the expense maintaining corrals and pastures. And then on September 9, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that those not adopted be euthanized or sold for slaughter.   The agency stated it has not yet formally replied to the advisory board’s proposal, and will do so at its next meeting, which is set to take place in the next few months.

Tom Corey, a spokesperson for the bureau sent the following email after an enormous uproar:

“…continue its current policy of caring for unadopted or unsold wild horses and burros… and will not sell of send any animals to slaughter.”

Americans were quick to criticize the advisory board manager for his suggestion to kill or send  the horses to slaughter. Sadly, it is estimated that 45,000 horses and burros are being held in captivity, and the American public wholeheartedly agrees, it is therefore the bureau’s job to care for them, since they are the ones who decided to capture the wild horses to provide more room for grazing cattle. Most of the  free animals roam in Nevada and California.

Gillian Lyons, manager for the wild horse and burro program for the Humane Society of the United States noted how quickly Americans responded to the idea of killing the horses.

“It’s something the American public just doesn’t know about; you don’t think of wild horses being held in facilities all across the United States,” Lyons stated.

The HSUS says the bureau spends too much money paying private contractors to keep the wild horses corralled and it doesn’t spend the needed money to expand the program for birth control for the horses instead of the expensive, brutal and inhumane round-ups that have been going on for years.

You can read more on RT Fitch Wild Horse Freedom Federation for contact information and how you can help.

(Photo:  screenshot Jeff Green)