Rescuers help abandoned young mare left lying in ditch

In Prairie Rhonde, Louisiana, a group of volunteers helped an abandoned young mare left lying in a ditch on the side of the road Tuesday morning. According to the Facebook page of St. Landry Parish Animal Control, the yearling was being transported in a trailer that had apparently broken apart in an accident and the horse fell out. The owner and operator of the trailer left the scene after the accident.

Workers from the animal shelter used straps to gently lift the horse now dubbed Stormy onto the back of a horse trailer enabling shelter personnel to transport the young horse to a nearby veterinarian for emergency treatment.

Stormy was taken to the Copper Crown Veterinarian Clinic. Her condition is unknown, and it is hoped she was in shock and did not have any broken bones at the scene. Many thanks to the volunteers who carefully and compassionately helped this innocent victim of animal cruelty.

If anyone recognizes this young mare;

“Age YEARLING…..NO WORDS…SHAME on the person that left her…IF YOU KNOW THIS FILLY OR OWNER PLEASE CALL 337-948-6184…OR 911”

Donations to the horse’s care can be made by calling 337.407.8600.

An investigation is currently underway.

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Chinese circus condemned for lion and tiger attack on horse during rehearsal

A Chinese circus is being condemned for animal cruelty after a video emerged online showing a white horse being attacked by a lion and tiger during  a rehearsal. Disturbing footage shows a tiger pouncing on a horse’s back while a lion bites at the horse’s legs. Trainers are shown beating the tiger and lion with whips in an effort to free the horse.

According to the Daily Mail, the horse only suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Mr Xu, a staff member from Taiyang Circus, told btime.com that the crew had been practicing for a show where the tiger and lion would be riding the saddled horse. The performance was scheduled to take place in Cangzhou, Hebel Province.

The incident took place last month, and Mr. Xu explained the lion and tiger behaved just like wild animals; four workers used whips and long poles to hit the wild cats until they released the horse. The circus has owned all the animals since they were very young, and there was supposedly no danger to any of the humans involved.

Social media insists the government investigate the circus with the majority of comments on social media Weibo agreeing the animal cruelty involved should be stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photos at Chinese circus screenshots via Asia Wire)

The video is graphic and violent. To view the video, please click here.

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Disturbing horse slaughter scene discovered in remote area of Hialeah

In Hialeah, Florida, a tip from a woman feeding stray dogs in the area of northwest Miami-Dade came upon a disturbing horse slaughter scene on Tuesday evening.

According to the Animal Recovery Mission  (ARM)founder, Richard Couto, he and his investigating team began investigating the remains of several horses on Wednesday morning found in a remote of 179th Street and 129th Avenue; the remains of the horses have been found in various stages of decomposition. Legs of horses recovered had been stripped of meat. It is suspected the horses were killed for their meat, however the details of the grisly scene leads investigators to even more horrendous findings.

Rachel Taylor, an investigator for ARM told CBSMiami  the animal remains indicated the horses had been slaughtered elsewhere and dumped here in feedbags.

“You’ve got horse hooves, bones, hips, these have obviously been here for a long time,” Rachel stated. “They’re in every couple of feet; it’s like this whole area is a graveyard. That’s what’s alarming to me.”

Even though most of the horses were likely slaughtered for their meat, Rachel stated evidence in the area suggests some of the animals had been killed in ritual sacrifices. It is suspected the remains of at least 20 horses were found. This is one of the worst cases investigators have seen. The horses most likely were all stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

(Photos of horse slaughter scene in Hialeah via Animal Recovery Mission Facebook)

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Child grieves: Second horse shot in head in Houston area

In Houston, Texas a five-year-old child grieves over the death of his favorite horse “Sunny” – shot in the head and left to die at the family’s ranch.

Tragically, this is the second case of animal cruelty having to do with horses shot in the head within the last two months. Both incidents occurred within a six-mile radius. This time, the heartless act occurred just before Christmas and left five-year-old Arian Brock crying his eyes out over the death of his palomino quarter horse.

According to NewsChannel10, the family believes Sunny had been shot by a high-powered rifle from a long distance. The horse did not immediately die and suffered until the family were able to humanely euthanize their pet. Camie Brock, Arian’s mother, stated the horse had been in the pasture when shot and when they found him, he had been in excruciating pain, bleeding to death and unable to move.

“I didn’t know what else to do but to lay down beside him and pray, put my hands on him. I told him I was there; it was ok, and I loved him,” Camie stated.

Just two months ago, another family went through their own devastating experience when  someone shot their pet pony “Chicken Nugget” at the family’s home in Liberty, Texas. Rylee Brett and Chicken Nugget had been best friends since the little girl was born.

According to the Chron, Chicken Nugget, who stood 25 inches high and weighed 80 pounds, dead. He had been shot in the head at close range. The family buried him that day on their farm.

“Rest in peace,” Kylee Brett, the pony’s owner wrote on Facebook. “You now have your wings and are flying high. You will never be forgotten, you will forever be missed. My heart is absolutely shattered as I try to find the words. The way you were taken from us was the act of a coward,”

Both families deserve justice and want the responsible person(s) punished. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Libery County Sheriff’s Department.

(Photo of second horse shot as child grieves family)

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Runaway horse drawn carriage collides with cars in Wisconsin

It was a terrible day for horses, drivers and carriage riders on Saturday afternoon in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin when a horse drawn carriage collided with two vehicles on one of the main streets in mid-morning.

According to Fox News, eight people had been in the carriage at the time of impact; several people had been in the vehicles involved. Fortunately none of the 15 people were seriously injured, and the horses only suffered minor cuts and bruises and are expected to make a full recovery.

Two families with young children had been on the carriage ride when something went wrong. According to one witness, as the driver was about to get onto the carriage, the two Percherons spooked and launched into a full sprint. And … boom the panicky horses hit the cars. Onlookers quickly came to the aid of the victims and patiently helped the horses. One of the horses practically ran on top of the hood of a car; its reins became entangled on the auto’s wheel.

Perhaps this is just another example of how automobiles and horse drawn carriages aren’t made to share the road. Surely we can do better.

(Photos of horse drawn carriage accident  via screenshots Fox News)

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Multiple thoroughbreds trying to flee wildfire killed

Thoroughbreds, trying to flee wind-driven wildfires in San Diego County, California, were killed as the flames and smoke blanketed the area. According to multiple sources, elite racing horses at the San Luis Rey Downs facility were set free on Thursday – a desperate attempt to save them from the unthinkable.

Despite the effort to save the horses, an estimated two (plus) dozen perished in the fire, reported the Los Angeles Times.Some horses were so confused, frightened and disoriented by the smoke that they wouldn’t even come out of their stalls, reported ESPN. Cliff Sise, a horse trainer, told the news agency about one horse who refused to leave, “It was dark, everything was hot and she wouldn’t come out. I opened the pen and tried to get behind her and get her out, and she wouldn’t get out. She burned to death that quick.”

Though current estimates put the number of deaths at the facility at 25, there are concerns that the number could be much, much higher.

(Screenshot of fleeing horses via Facebook)

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Rescue owner watches in horror as three Clydesdale horses killed by lightning

The owner of Kehsarra Clydesdale Rescue watched in horror on Wednesday evening as three Clydesdale horses were struck and killed by a single lightning strike in Mount Gambler, Australia.

According to the organization’s Facebook posting, Lynn Breirley had slipped outside as the storm began in order to remove one of the horse’s blankets she had forgotten to take off. Moments later, a giant crack of lighting, less than 13 feet away from where she had been standing, struck three Clydesdales in what Lynn described as a “gunshot like” instant killing the horses.

” FFS. LIGHTING JUST TOOK 3 OF MY HORSES. JUST PISS OFF NOW. YOU WIN…,” Lynn posted on her Facebook page.

After the initial shock and horror, Lynn was determined to face her fears and vowed not to leave her other horses.

“Well I’m not leaving my remaining horses on their own tonight through this F ….g storm . I’ll stay out with them all night if I have to … it just missed Sylvie and the foal and Herc was glanced by it .. I was 4ft away from my babies when they got struck .. I though I had lost all 6…. The most horrific sight I will ever witness … can’t get the vision out of my head … R.I.P. MY BEAUTIFUL ONES .. you will always be in my heart.”

One of the horses killed had been used for therapy. According to Yahoo News, the second horse killed had been a special needs rescue with no teeth and the third horse had been retired. Two other horses – a mare and an orphaned foal watched as their paddock mates were struck.

Meanwhile Lynn is warning other horse owners to be careful about lightning.

“So please not only cuddle your four-legged friends a little harder, but also be aware that lightning does strike and kill horses. We don’t want to see any of our Kehsarra family feel like we all do right now,” she posted.

Rest in peace sweet horses.

(Photos of three Clydesdale horses killed via Facebook)

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Volunteers rescue wild horse stuck in cattle guard

It happened on Saturday afternoon when a Nevada Highway Patrol officer discovered a Virginia Range stallion stuck in a cattle guard near Silver Springs. The wild horse had fallen through the grates trapping his legs.

According to the Facebook page of Willis Lamm, North Lyon Country Fire Protection, Central Lyon County Fire Department and the Nevada Animal Emergency Network assisted in the complicated and very tricky rescue effort:

“This one was by far the scariest and trickiest. NHP reported a wild horse stuck in a cattle guard on US-95A at Damon’s curve.

Cattle guard rescues are my worst nightmare. You have to work up close in a dangerous situation. One wrong move and someone gets hurt or the horse breaks a leg and has to be put down. NHP did a great job keeping the Lookie Lous away. Our crew was assisted by Brittany and Linda from LBL Equine Rescue, and some really great crews from North Lyon County Fire and Central Lyon County Fire.”

A citizen familiar with horses placed his jacket over the horse’s face to help the animal stay calm. All four legs had been stuck in the castle guard, and rescuers used a prying bar to free the horse’s hooves and then used a sling to roll him over to help him get his legs in position to stand up.

“The foreleg looks bad but the real challenge involved the hind which was jammed between the top metal strap and a T-plate under the grate. It was wedged tight,” Lamm explained.

At times the horse would fuss and struggle, but sometimes nibbled on hay which helped to keep him calm.

“We decided to get the front leg free first. The risk was that the horse might try to get up and snap his hind leg. We maintained control of the front legs with webbing and finally was able to re position the horse just enough to pry his hind hoof free.”

After the horse was successfully freed from the cattle guard, the horse stood up, shook himself off while looking around and gracefully trotted away. Let’s hope he warns the rest of the herd about cattle guards. How cool is that?

Many thanks to our rescue heroes.  You guys rock! Share the news; everyone needs a reason to smile.

(Photos courtesy of Willis Lamm)

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4-year-old pens letter to God after her 14-year-old dog Abbey died

The story about 14-year-old Abbey goes back more than a decade, but a five-year-old little girl,  devastated after someone shot her pet pony “Chicken Nugget” last week at the family’s home in Liberty, Texas, brings back memories. Rylee Brett and Chicken Nugget had been best friends since the little girl was born. By six-months old, Rylee had been riding on the dwarf pony’s back – and loving it. Four-year-old Meredith had the same kind of love for her dog, Abbey.

Abbey was 14-years-old when she died in San Antonio (just 200 miles away from Liberty) in 2006. The black and white pooch had also been a beloved part of the family; she showered Greg and Joy Scrivener and their three children with love and loyalty her entire life. And when Abbey died, four-year-old Meredith was concerned about her dog’s welfare; so much so, she dictated a letter to her mother so she could send it to God. With the note, Meredith included two photos, addressed it after pasting on lots of postage stamps.

“To God in Heaven” – the envelope included  the family’s return address and was mailed through the Brook Hollow post office. The letter stated:

Dear God,
Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She died yesterday and is heaven. We miss her very much. We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even though she got sick. I hope that you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and swim before she got sick. I am sending some pictures of her so that when you see her in heaven you will know she is our special dog. But I really do miss her.

Love,
Meredith Claire

P.S.: Mommy wrote the words after Mer told them to her.”

Just two weeks later, a package wrapped in gold paper and addressed “To: Mer” had been left on the family’s front porch. In the package, accompanied by a letter from “God,” was a book by Fred Rogers, When a Pet Dies (a book that “helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do”).

Taped to the inside cover of the book was the letter written to God, (which had been returned for “insufficient address,” but on the opposite page one photo of Abbey had been taped under the words “For Meredith.” On the back cover,  was the other photo of Abbey along with a handwritten note on pink paper:

“Dear Mer,
I know that you will be happy to know that Abbey arrived safely and soundly in Heaven! Having the pictures you sent to me was such a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.

You know, Meredith, she isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me — just like she stays in your heart — young and running and playing. Abbey loved being your dog, you know. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets! — so I can’t keep your beautiful letter. I am sending it to you with the pictures so that you will have this book to keep and remember Abbey.

One of my angels is taking care of this for me. I hope the little book helps.

Thank you for the beautiful letter. Thank your mother for sending it. What a wonderful mother you have! I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am in heaven and wherever there is love.

Love,
God, and the special angel who wrote this after God told her the words.”

And for young Rylee, who wept on the spot where Chicken Nugget was laid to rest on the family’s farm Saturday afternoon, another little playmate has joined Abbey – who surely will show her the way.

 “Rylee woke up this morning and ran straight outside to see if Chicken Nugget had come back home. We had to explain that Jesus needed him way more then us and he was staying with him. Rylee said,  ‘why can’t he just come back alive, doesn’t he miss me momma?’ It shattered my heart all over again,” wrote the little girl’s mother, Kylee Brett.

“Rest in peace,” the pony’s owner wrote on Facebook. “You now have your wings and are flying high. You will never be forgotten, you will forever be missed. My heart is absolutely shattered as I try to find the words…”

An investigation as to the person who shot Chicken Nugget continues.

Read the heartbreaking story of a little girl’s pony shot at close range.

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Horse submerged in oil vat hangs on to ledge with his two front hooves

A horse discovered submerged in a partially buried oil vat storage tank on Friday used his two front hooves to hang over the ledge to keep him from drowning in the oil. The Atascosa County Animal Control and Atascosa County deputies rescued him on Friday night.

According to the Atascosa County Animal Control Facebook, Lt. Henry Doninguez was called in to help with the rescue. First the men put a halter on the horse to prevent him from going under and used a wooden plank to help as the horse’s legs became stuck on the ledge.

“We planned on calling in some heavy equipment to help lift the horse out but felt that there was no time. The horse’s breathing was labored from exhaustion and we feared that he was going into shock. We placed a rope onto the halter and began to pull. After what seemed like forever we were finally able to pull the horse partially out of the vat. His rear legs became wedged on the ledge which complicated matters worse. We used a long wood plank to lift his rear legs out of the oil and placed a rope around his rear legs.”

Rescuers stated the oil overfill was a partially buried oil storage tank and was at least six-feet deep. This was undoubtedly one very lucky horse. The oil company has been contacted to make sure they cover the hole and address the danger. One can only imagine if a child had been in the area. At last check, the horse was said to be doing fine; it didn’t appear he had ingested any oil, but he was one slippery and oily mess after his miraculous rescue.

Many thanks for all the brave and compassionate men who came out to help this horse. Rescuers do rock! Why not stop by the Atacosa County Animal Control  Facebook page and thank them – please tell them the Pet Rescue Report sent you.

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