All Bucket Fund stories make me a bit ill, but this one rises to near the top of the list.
We are telling the story of the 20+ equines who were rescued last week from HORRENDOUS CONDITIONS by Big Oaks Rescue (Greenwood, South Carolina) .
The backstory for these horses is sickening. Their owners are true monsters.
Arnold and Blanket watched as 25 of their DEAD herdmates were dumped into a ravine on the property.
Milo lived with 5 corpses: 5 of his pasture mates had died including a foal, 2 donkeys, a horse and a goat.
READ THE NEWS STORY ABOUT THE 25 DEAD HORSES IN THE RAVINE…
(The donkey pictured in this article did not survive – although Big Oaks Rescue made a valiant effort to save him.)
Big Oaks Rescue Farm of Greenwood has rescued more than 20 animals this week in two separate incidents of animal neglect in two different counties.
From Laurens County, Big Oaks Rescue Farm owner Joe Mann seized three horses and a donkey from property at 930 Arnold Lane in Waterloo, but numerous dead horses are said to be in a deep ravine on the property.
According to a Laurens County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Laurens County Animal Control contacted the Sheriff’s Office, requesting assistance with an animal cruelty case.
The incident report said a deputy and animal control officer spoke with an individual who said “sickly horses” had been bought at auctions and then horses would be transported “to other locations to be sold for food or products.”
The report went on to say that some of the horses purchased “were not able to be sold or died in the process” and that an individual would “dump the remains of the horses in a ravine on the property.” The report also indicated stallions had been shot in the head on two occasions “so they would fall into the ravine” because they could not be sold.
Mann said he was notified Monday by Laurens County Animal Control officials about the case in Waterloo.
“This is bad,” Mann said. “I’ve never before seen a ravine with 20 to 25 horses pushed over in it. I don’t think you can forget seeing something like that. The little donkey we rescued, we had to pick him up and put him in a trailer.”
From McCormick County, Mann seized 21 animals. He was contacted Tuesday by McCormick law enforcement.
“There were 36 animals out there, and there were some dead,” Mann said. “We brought 19 horses, one mule and one donkey in from the location in McCormick Tuesday night. The donkey we brought in from McCormick is also very weak. He doesn’t have the energy to stand, but it isn’t time to give up.”
McCormick County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy C.E. Gable Jr. said Wednesday the incident report from Tuesday was still being completed.
MEET SOME OF THE HORSES WHO BARELY SURVIVED AND NEED OUR HELP!
CAN WE HELP BLUE OAKS RESCUE? – THEY TOOK IN ALL OF THESE HORSES WHO HAD NO HOPE!!
It is a very long road to recovery for all of these emaciated and neglected equines. Can we help the people at Blue Oaks Rescue who are on the ground and doing everything they can to right the so many wrongs here.
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