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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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Horribly emaciated mare actually saddled and ridden through Mize auction

Auction attendees were shocked to see a horribly emaciated mare at the Mize Livestock Sale in Mississippi on Saturday evening.  The bidding opened at $75 – then went down to $55 and $35, but still no bids.

“She received no bids. None. No one spoke to save her!,” wrote the Rocking R Ranch and Rescue who stepped up to help.

The rescue was sent the disturbing photos of the mare, but the situation grew worse as the emaciated mare was to be ridden through the auction hoping someone would purchase her.

“As they placed the pad on her bony spine, we were sent another picture,” the rescue organization posted on their social media page. “Finally, yes we received the picture that was was being ridden. She’s the most emaciated I’ve seen; she has an old injury to her hind leg and it’s not great. They rode her through.”

When the auction told rescue volunteers a man had planned to leave her in a pasture. Of course, the horse never would have survived, and the gentlemen told the rescuers they could have the mare; she took her freedom walk. Just hours later, safe and still on her feet, Helena (as she was named) was ready for breakfast.

Helena’s vet check came out much better than expected. She is slightly anemic, her temperature is normal, her lungs are clear, and although she has a heart murmur which likely is a result of starvation, she has a strong will to live. After she gains 100 pounds, her teeth will be floated. Now she is being supplemented with thiamine and B12.

“Overall I think we got a great report! Jennifer has treated her skin with equiderma and I’ll bet she feels much better. Thank y’all for following her progress. She’s gonna shine.”

Barely one day after Helena was rescued, her sweet personality has started to show. Check it out:

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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.

Check out the video here:

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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Update #2: Thurston horse accidentally severed own tongue

In Yelm, Washington, authorities have been investigating whether a Thurston’s horse’s tongue was severed in an accident or if it had been intentionally cut out. The horse named Annie had to be humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.

The initial necropsy report posted two days later on the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department Facebook stated a forensic veterinarian determined Annie’s preliminary results indicated intentional trauma – someone cut out her tongue on purpose. In another update, according to the organization’s Facebook page, Annie accidentally cut her tongue herself:

“Update on Annie: several veterinarians looked at the injury to her tongue and a necropsy was performed. This was a first for all of the vets and for the Sheriff’s Office. After considerable deliberation and several expert opinions, this injury is determined to be an accident. Annie was not maliciously assaulted.”

Annie had been an extremely friendly horse and would approach anyone. Annie’s owner found the horse in her backyard without her tongue; which had been found nearby. Rest in peace sweet horse.

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Horse found with tongue cut out euthanized

In Yelm, Washington, authorities are investigating whether a horse’s tongue was severed in an accident or if it had been intentionally cut out. On Wednesday, the horse named Annie was humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.

According to Fox News, Annie had been an extremely friendly horse and would approach anyone. On Tuesday, Annie’s owner found the horse in her backyard without her tongue. As of Wednesday, it was inconclusive if the horse had been mutilated on purpose or yanked out accidentally in a deliberate act. Thurston County sheriff’s deputies stated it would have taken three or four people to hold her down. A necrospy to determine the exact cause is expected to be available on Thursday.

Deputies described another case of animal abuse nearby recently that causes concern the cases may be connected. A still alive, emaciated sheep was discovered stuffed into two plastic garbage bags. No suspects were ever found.

Rewards to $3,000 have been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in this horrific case of possible animal abuse. Contact nastanc@co.thurston.wa.us or call 360.584.5560. You can also call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or www.P3Tips.com.

Rest in peace Annie.

(Photo of horse with her tongue cut out via Thurston County Sheriff’s Department)

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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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Groundbreaking lawsuit to allow animals the legal right to sue their owners

In a groundbreaking lawsuit in Hillsboro, Oregon, Justice the horse is a party to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday 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 would be the first to allow animals the legal right to sue their owners in court.

“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,'” explains 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.  The horse’s abuser, Gwendolyn Vercher, pleaded guilty to animal neglect in 2017 and agreed to pay restitution for the cost of the horse’s care prior to July 6, 2017. The lawsuit seeks damages from that day forward, and the funds would be placed in a trust to pay for Justice’s ongoing care.

Justice remains in training at Sound Equine Options, an Oregon non-profit horse rescue, and his medical needs including a prolapsed penis 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.

Read the complaint here.

JUSTICE, an American Quarter Horse, by
and through his Guardian, Kim Mosiman,
Plaintiff,
v.
GWENDOLYN VERCHER,
Defendant.

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Havasupai Tribe convict 3 in animal cruelty cases for abuse of horses

The Havasupai Tribe report they have convicted three people in animal cruelty cases for the abuse of horses. More than 20,000 people annually visit the Havasu Canyon; part of the Grand Canyon in Arizona which belongs to the Havasupai tribe. For years animal advocates have complained about the mistreatment of many of the hundreds of  horses, burros and mules used to carry heavy loads up and down the canyon every day. The treatment of these animals has been abusive and cruel. The tribal court promised to make animal cruelty offenses a top priority.

According to the AZDailySun, two more individuals face charges of animal cruelty filed in the past month. Viral photos of a horse collapsing and being kicked in the face by his owners led to an investigation, however the horse’s physical condition has yet to be confirmed. A post on the Facebook page dated April 24 on Save Havasupai Horses stated:

“Today SAVE received word that the animal in our post who collapsed and was kicked in the head has been found and is alive, however, NO ONE HAS DONE ANYTHING AND HE HAS NOT RECEIVED VET CARE.

WE ARE OUTRAGED.”

Two years ago, the abusive treatment of pack animals including horses, mules and donkeys, primarily owned by tribal members, brought worldwide outrage and hundreds of calls to increase regulations and humane treatment for the hiking companies using these animals. When the tribe began to score horses based on the Henneke Body Scoring System, horses were required to meet a health standard before they could be used as pack animals on the Grand Canyon trails.

When a A series of photos, posted on the SAVE Havasupai Horses Facebook gained viral attention last month, people were again outraged by the lack of regulations concerning the humane care of these horses.

“SAVE received the following photos this afternoon, from a group of hikers who were in Havasu Canyon YESTERDAY, 4/19/18. After the horse collapsed, the owner tried getting it up to its feet. When that failed, HE BEGAN KICKING THE ANIMAL IN THE FACE.”

“A common rebuttal to our posts showing the abuse to Havasupai pack animals is that these are singular “isolated incidents” and “not the norm.” We’ve never denied that there are good wranglers/packers in Supai who treat their animals well and care for them. The amount of photos, videos and tourists’ testimony proving that this abuse is much more common than a few “isolated incidents.” however is astounding.”

Tribal Chairman Don Watahomigie assures the community they are prosecuting individuals suspected of abusing the horses, however horses are still in terrible condition which has continued for “as long as anyone can remember,” according to animal advocacy groups. The Arizona Equine Rescue Organization encourages tourists to carefully investigate the tour groups before signing up.

In a previous animal cruelty conviction in October 2017, Cecil Watahomigie, in a plea deal, only served six-months probation and reportedly was able to keep the horse he severely abused. According to AZCentral, Watahomigie had been charged in both tribal and U.S. courts for animal abuse involving his emaciated pack horse as well as intoxication. Animal advocates were outraged and had demanded the tribal court stop him from doing business with pack animals.

To help:

Please help us by contacting the following organizations/individuals and demanding that they take immediate action to ensure the safety and welfare of all Havasupai pack animals. This abuse has been allowed to happen for TOO LONG.

Laura Naranjo, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) District III Office, Special Agent in Charge
email: Laura.naranjo@bia.gov.

Abbie Fink, the tribe’s Public Relations Representative
602-957-8881 — afink@hmapr.com

Scott Cundy at Wildland Trekking -large outfitter who uses these animals and has influence: 1- 800-715-4453 scott@wildlandtrekking.com

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Horse repeatedly kicked by owner after collapsing in Havasu Fall hike

A group of hikers on a tour in Havasu Canyon witnessed a horse repeatedly kicked after it collapsed on a trail on Thursday. The owner tried getting the horse back on its feet – still burden laden, and when that didn’t work, is alleged to have kicked the horse in the face.

More than 20,000 people annually visit this remote part of the Grand Canyon in Arizona which belongs to the Havasupai tribe. For years animal advocates have complained about the mistreatment of many of the hundreds of  horses, burros and mules used to carry heavy loads up and down the canyon every day. The treatment of these animals is abusive and cruel.

A series of photos, posted on the SAVE Havasupai Horses Facebook have been gaining viral attention. Under the photos the following comments were added to the already disturbing images.

“SAVE received the following photos this afternoon, from a group of hikers who were in Havasu Canyon YESTERDAY, 4/19/18. After the horse collapsed, the owner tried getting it up to its feet. When that failed, HE BEGAN KICKING THE ANIMAL IN THE FACE.”

Susan Ash, SAVE Foundation founder had the following to add:

“A common rebuttal to our posts showing the abuse to Havasupai pack animals is that these are singular “isolated incidents” and “not the norm.” We’ve never denied that there are good wranglers/packers in Supai who treat their animals well and care for them. The amount of photos, videos and tourists’ testimony proving that this abuse is much more common than a few “isolated incidents.” however is astounding.”

The person who witnessed this terrible scene and took the photos is filing a complaint with the BIA.

To learn more and how you can help, please click here.

“Please see  website havasupaihorses.org and then call the BIA. The governor of Arizona. Legislators. And keep calling. Tell every single person you know.”

(Photos of horses in Havasu Falls hike via Facebook)

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