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Judge denies first of its kind lawsuit for abused horse to sue owner

A Washington County judge in Oregon ruled that an abused horse can not be a plaintiff and therefore cannot sue his previous owner for the expensive and ongoing medical care needed since he was rescued in March 2017. Circuit Court Judge John Knowles issued his ruling on Tuesday:

“The court finds that a non-human animal such as Justice lacks the legal status or qualifications necessary for the  assertion of legal rights and duties in a court of law.”

Justice, the abused horse had been a party to the lawsuit filed earlier this year against his former owner, for the costs of his medical care including his pain and suffering. According to animal advocacy group, Animal Legal Defense Fund, this case was the first to allow animals the legal right to sue their owners in court for $100,000 in both economic damages and future care. The horse’s owner Gwendolyn Vercher was found guilty of first-degree animal neglect leaving Justice outside and not feeding him.

When rescued, Justice was 300 pounds underweight and  suffered from penile frostbite. Vercher repaid many of the horse’s medical expenses.

“Horses, like Justice, are intelligent animals with the capacity for rich emotional lives. Oregon law already recognizes Justice’s right to be free from cruelty – this lawsuit simply expands the remedies available when abusers violate animals’ ‘legal rights,’” explained Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells.

When Justice was rescued, the Quarterhorse and Appaloosa stallion had been starved and suffered from frostbite, lice and rain rot. Because of the extreme neglect, the horse has been permanently physically and psychologically scarred requiring specialized care for the rest of his life.

According to Oregon Live,  the court argued the case would open a “flood” of lawsuits filed by animals.

“Such a finding would likely lead to a flood of lawsuits whereby non-human animals could assert claims we now reserve just for humans and human creators such as business and other entities.”

Justice remains at Sound Equine Options, an Oregon non-profit horse rescue, and his medical needs remain a barrier for him finding a permanent home as well as the continuing costs of his care. The Oregon Supreme Court has recognized that animals should be considered individual “victims” in animal cruelty cases, however they are still classified as property.

Will the Animal Legal Defense Fund appeal? Surely the time for animals to have a voice in court is coming.

(Photo of abused horse Justice via ALDF)

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Disturbing viral video shows three horses being pulled by pickup truck

In Limestone, Alabama, a flood of calls came into the  Limestone County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after a video went viral showing three horses being pulled by a pickup truck along 7 Mile Post Road.

According to WhntNews, the horses had escaped from their pasture, and the owner had been towing them back to the farm. It just so happened that Angel Olmedo had been traveling down the same road and was livid at what he was seeing happen. He took out his phone and videoed the disturbing situation and posted it on his Facebook page.

“This isn’t the f****** way to pull horses.!!! I ran into this son of a bitch.!!”

It wasn’t long before Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely responded to the building anger over social media and explained the owner of the horses had been worried that his horses could be struck by a car or truck.  When the horses refused to walk with him back to the pasture, he decided to pull them.

A deputy and an animal control officer responded to the scene and stated the owner was apologetic and stated he was going very slow. The owner has a bad back which precluded him from walking the horses home. The horses were not injured.

“He didn’t mean to cause any alarm,” Sheriff Blakely stated.”He of all people didn’t want to get his horses hurt.”

Sheriff Blakely opted not to cite the owner for animal cruelty and told him if it ever happened again, call the office for help. Angel Olmedo said the next time he would most likely stop and help.

Check out the video by Angel Olmedo here. What do you think? Should the owner of the horses been charged with animal cruelty?

A public statement was later issued by the sheriff’s office:

STATEMENT FROM SHERIFF MIKE BLAKELY REGARDING VIDEO OF TRUCK PULLING HORSES:

Yesterday we received numerous complaints about a video that surfaced of a truck pulling three horses near 7-Mile Post Road.

I appreciate everyone’s concern and comments on this video. A friend called me while this was happening and a deputy arrived as the person in the truck was putting his horses in his lot. Animal control was also sent out and inspected the horses. There was no injury to the horses . The owner stated they had got out of his pasture, and due to health issues he was unable to walk and lead the horses home. My friend who reported this did not want to swear out a warrant . The owner was warned and was very sorry for what happened.

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Besties: Neglected mini horse befriended by golden retriever Molly

A neglected mini horse – no more than skin and bones, had been found wandering the streets in South Carolina. Darlene Kindle, founder of Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance stepped up to help the ailing little Sammy with the assistance of Molly.

Initially, there wasn’t much hope for Sammy’s recovery, but Darlene wasn’t going to give up even though the silver dappled mini was at least 100 pounds underweight and one of his hind feet dragged behind him. After a veterinarian checkup, doctors agreed Sammy did have the will to live, and perhaps Molly, the golden retriever at the rescue had been listening.

“Molly is your typical Walmart greeter. She loves everyone including all the animals we have on the farm. She especially loves the minis; she can reach them much easier,” Darlene wrote on the group’s Facebook page as she posted a video that has truly gone viral for all the right reasons.

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And she continued:

“Sammy the mini that she is comforting just came into CERA’s program. He is nothing but skin and bones and scared. Molly truly has an exceptional sense of knowing when one of the animals doesn’t feel good or sad. So she very gently introduces herself. This is her job and she is very good at it as you can see. Please follow Sammy’s progress on our Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance page. Sammy has a long ride of rehab to go and I will keep everyone informed.”

No one knew if Sammy would even survive the first night, but he did even though he continues to face many challenges. Sammy will need to be castrated and have his teeth floated. He also has bilateral locking patellas that have slightly improved with care and good nutrition, but he may need surgery to improve the quality of his life.

The good thing is he has someone to cheer him up everyday. Good girl Molly!

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Horse falls upside down into mechanic’s pit

In Lublin, Poland, a 30-year-old horse fell upside down into a mechanic’s pit in her owner’s garage this week while searching for potatoes to eat. Baska, the mare, followed her nose into the garage and when she stepped on the wooden planks covering the pit, the wood broke and down tumbled Baska – on her back.

According to the Daily Mail, Baska’s 75-year-old owner, Jan Adamiak heard “heartbreaking” neighs coming from the garage and when he went to investigate was shocked to find his beloved mare stuck so tightly she could barely move.

“She was screaming so loudly and desperately that my heart was tearing apart,” Adamiak stated.

The local fire department and neighbors quickly came over to help. They arranged ropes underneath her in order to pull her out and poured water over her body to make it easier for her to be maneuver while lifted out of the tight space. When she is finally safe, the lucky mare only suffered minor injuries to her side.

 

When interviewed, Adamiak was ecstatic and relieved telling everyone his horse was making a full recovery and seemed to have let her harrowing experience fall quietly into her past. As usual, Baska was roaming the yard looking for food. (Stay away from those potatoes girl!)

(Photos of horse that fell upside down via screenshots from Cen via DM)

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Good Samaritans lead spooked horse on highway to safety

In Houston, Texas, a spooked horse running down a busy highway on Monday was brought to safety by good Samaritans. While we all love horses and love to brag about their intelligence, these beautiful creatures are prey animals – thus the flight instinct that can get any equine in danger- especially on a busy city thoroughfare.

And as the story goes, according to the original video recorded by Stephania Lipp and her partner Jesse Mattison, the saddled mare spooked after her owner dismounted. When Stephania and her family merged onto Highway 69, they spotted the horse running along the freeway. A woman driving in another vehicle was able to grab the horse’s reins out of the passenger window and lead her off the highway.

“They just saved the horse’s life,” Mattison stated in the video.

The couple followed the vehicle that rescued the horse and spotted the owner of the horse speaking with police. The mare had been spooked by an apparent street noise and escaped from her handler.

(Photo of spooked horse running down highway freeze shot via Stephania Lipp video)

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Foal trapped upside down between boulders rescued

In a bizarre incident, a foal managed to get stuck between boulders with his head stuck in a crevice and his legs upside down stretched into the air. The incident occurred in Aktau, Kazakhstan [ located on the east bank of the Caspian Sea] and the video of the daring rescue was published by the Lada.kz news.

The video begins with the young horse groaning as he lies helpless in his upside down position. His rescuers tie ropes around one of the boulders and use an SUV to pull the huge rock. One of the men then pushes the rock until it tumlbes away. In moments the foal rolls over onto his feet and although he seems a bit wobbly, shakes himself off and walks away.

It is not known if the young horse suffered any injuries, but nonetheless, isn’t it amazing he survived and rescuers were there to help?

(Photo and video via Lada.kz news)

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Granddaughter rescued pony online to granny’s shock when dumped in garden

In another “hard to believe this really did happen” situation, a grandmother was shocked when a neglected pony was delivered to the garden of her home after her 13-year-old granddaughter rescued the free pony advertised online.

According to the ITV Report, the young skinny and mite-covered colt was abandoned at the back of a home in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent after the teen gave her grandmother’s address for delivery. When the grandmother discovered the pony, she didn’t know what to do and notified World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA for help.

“You couldn’t make this up!,” Charlotte Melvin of the RSPCA stated. “A 13-year-old girl responded to a plea on an online free ads site where a lad said she didn’t want money anymore and that he would be put to sleep if no one had him. She [the teen] gave her nan’s address and the next think that happened was a man just came along and dumped the pony there, no words of advice or anything like that – and leaving a very shocked nan.”

The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare are now asking for the public’s help to find out who is responsible for just abandoning an animal in someone’s garden.

Fortunately for the pony, now named Mr. Melvin Andrews, he has been transferred to the Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Center where he has already convinced everyone caring for him that he is a lovely little guy and there will be a home for him someday where no one will ever neglect or abandon him.

The RSPCA currently has 928 horses in their care – this year the number of rescued horses has reached a four-year high. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300.123.8018 or 08000.480.180.

(Photos by RSPCA)

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Foal is lone survivor where more than 100 horse died from drought

In Flagstaff, Arizona, 111 feral horses died in a muddy dried up pond at Gray Mountain on the Navajo Reservation. One lone survivor; a foal miraculously found.

 

According to the Tucson News,  Navajo Nation spokesman Mihio Manus, said Wednesday that officials are trying to determine how best to deal with the dead bodies. The stock pond is one of the last in the region to dry up, but drought conditions this year brought death to the horses. Harlan Cleveland, the emergency coordinator with the Navajo Department of Public Safety, had been walking the boundaries of the tragic situation with another rancher, when they spotted a tiny spark of life.

“We came over the berm and all of a sudden one of the horses moved and it was like, ‘Holy cow, that foal’s alive,” Cleveland explained to the Daily Sun.

The foal had been lying next to another horse Cleveland assumed had been her mother. Cleveland picked up the foal, took her to the truck and administered sugar water to help re-hydrate her and rushed her to the Coconino Humane Association in Flagstaff.

“On the drive into town we were trying to come up with a name for her. We thought of Gray Mountain as a name of Gray Spirit, but these didn’t really feel right. Eventually we just looked at her and said ‘Grace.’ She looks like a Grace.'”

At arrival at the Coconino Humane Society, Grace wasn’t able to even lift her head and was rushed, wearing a long white shirt to keep her warm, to the Aspen Veterinary Clinic where she is now being cared for 24/7. It is thought she did receive enough colostrum from her mother needed to initially build her immune system. On a Facebook post, adorable Gracie is introduced with her first photos:

“This is the newest member of the Coconino Humane Association family. This sweet little girl, the veterinarian is calling her Gracie, is genuinely a survivor but is in need of a lot of medical care to ensure her continued survival. She is currently hospitalized and receiving amazing care to help her recover from the after-effects of starvation and dehydration (her kidneys are not functioning well). She was orphaned (she was found alone with over 100 dead wild horses) and she is only 2-3 weeks old!

We will need your help to save her little life! The cost of care is up to $1,000 per day while her kidneys are not functioning well. Please consider donating. 928-526-1076 www.coconinohumane.org”

 

Gracie’s recovery will be a long one, and after she is released from the hospital, she will be returned to the Coconino Humane Society who will care for her daily.

Manus says foul play is not suspected in the death of the horses, and the tribe has struggled over the years trying to control the wild horse populations.

And if you need to know a little more about compassionate people, Cleveland and the rancher, who found Gracie, check on the adorable little foal every day and have expressed a desire to adopt her when she’s ready.

We can only wonder how one tiny foal survived, but miracles happen and there are no explanations – just smiles.

(Photo of horses dead via Navajo Nation Mihi Manus)

 

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Video: Clewiston Police round up fleeing pony

On Tuesday morning, the Clewiston Police Department received a call referencing a horse running down U.S.#27. With officers wondering if someone might have been “pranking,” a patrol unit was quickly dispatched. Sure enough – there she was, however it wasn’t really a horse, but more like an adorable pony who had been out for a morning jog – or more equine appropriate – a morning gallop.

After a short pursuit, officers were able to take the pony into custody with the help of “pony whisperer” Officer McLeod.

“Needless to say our cuffs didn’t work. Pony was processed for “Fleeing to Elude” an officer,” the department wrote on their Facebook page.

And so the pony was held for questioning. The officer posted the following:

“After interviewing the pony, he was released as he was just trying to train for a future marathon. After a few carrots, he was brought back to his pasture. We would like to thank the community who supplied the carrots and helped us contain the horse in an area where we could use rope to bring him back home.”

Watch the adorable video to the end, but pay special attention as the other ponies all galloped to the fence to greet their friend home – all safe and sound.

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Spring in Minnesota and horse fell through melting ice

In Maple Grove, Minnesota, first responders were able to rescue a very lucky horse after she accidentally ran onto thin ice near Elm Creek Park Reserve.

According to the Facebook page of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the horse named Lakira just wasn’t thinking where she went “ahoofing.” Moments after the sheriff’s office tweeted about the emergency, police officers, firefighters and deputies gathered to help pull the thousand pound animal out of waist deep freezing water.

Fortunately, rescuers were able to attach a harness to her and slowly lead her to the safety of the shore. The owner said Lakira didn’t seem to be injured, but was going to have her checked by a veterinarian.

“So a horse falls through the ice… It’s not a joke, a horse really did fall through the ice yesterday,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “But thanks to several police officers, firefighters and Sheriffs deputies the horse was rescued, uninjured!”

The sheriff’s department, happy for a positive ending with Lakira on Monday, did have a few words of warning to the residents of the “State of 10,000 Lakes.” As temperatures fluctuate so does the thickness of the ice; in some areas the ice can be a foot deep while just a few feet feet away can be only an inch or two. In addition, please keep your pets on leashes so they do not wander out into the ice – should that ever happen however – call the authorities and do not venture out on unsafe ice.

(Photos courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota)

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