First you get angry. Then you get kinda sick. After that, you move into FIX IT mode.
Let’s help fix this horrible wrong.
THE NIGHTMARE – 60 DESPERATE, STARVING HORSES AMONG THE CARCASSES.
On January 6th, Louisiana Horse Rescue Association received a call from the Sabine Parish Humane Society asking if they could help in the seizure of 60 horses from a failing (failed) TB farm.
What they found was much, much worse.
Dozens of animal carcasses, several fresh grave mounds and many, many starving horses. Some were in manure filled stalls, some were in paddocks barely shuffling around, others out in large pastures standing among the dead. All were starving and in horrible condition.
Could you imagine walking onto that site? Could you imagine rolling up your sleeves and determining who, of all these horribly sick animals, deserved treatment first? Especially when all you would really want to do is strangle some negligent human…
Well, they did it. LHRA, circled the wagons and dove right in. In a stroke of genius, LHRA called upon LSU Veterinary School to see if they had any extra hands available to help. They did. LSU sent out their Equine Response Team.
Over three days, this team removed every last horse into temporary foster care. No easy feat. They tagged, documented, loaded, found quarantines for and doctored 60 sick, scared and unhandled horses.
Wow again. Dedication among adversity for sure.
But that was just the start of a very long journey for the rescuers and these poor horses…
Of the 60 horses that were pulled immediately, another 8 passed shortly thereafter.
Sadly, there were many foals, yearlings and two-year olds that were in desperate condition. Young horses don’t have the stamina to fight – especially when they have had a horrible start to life.
It was several of these young horses who failed to thrive after their rescue…
We can help these surviving young ones who are fighting…
LET’S DO THIS THING!
My hat is totally off to these folks for dropping everything, running up there, digging in and figuring out all the details to save the remaining horses…
LHRA now has 46 extra horses – all in need of medical care. It costs $450 EACH DAY to feed these horses. That doesn’t include medicines…
Let’s help them in honor of their bravery and for fighting the good fight. Let’s help them in honor of all those who died a horrible death before help arrived.
Gawd. Let’s just help them. Period.
Bravo LHRA, Bravo.
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