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May 28, 2010

Hugs, Hay and Better Health for 49 Rescued Horses

The HSUS provides more direct care for animals than any group in the country—including an annual spend of $20 million or so on our owned and operated animal care centers, veterinary field programs, humane wildlife services operations, international dog and cat sterilization, support services for animal shelters, and a wide array of other programs. I have always been particularly proud of our emergency response efforts. Just yesterday, our traveling team of animal rescuers and handlers and veterinarians came to the rescue of 49 emaciated horses and other equines, not long after local authorities had pulled 50 or so dogs from the same landowner just weeks before.

Nearly 50 horses rescued in West Virginia
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
See a slideshow of images from the rescue.

When rescuers arrived on the property, they found many Tennessee Walking Horses and Saddle horse crosses, mules, and donkeys who were skin and bones. They had a variety of medical ailments including overgrown, infected hooves, parasite infestation, and untreated wounds. Concerned citizens complained to the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter and the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and it was those agencies that appealed to The HSUS to come in and lead the rescue. The HSUS then called in United Animal Nations to assist in the operation.

Our rescue team is still in the process of removing the horses from the site and shuttling them to a temporary shelter. We’ll work with our partners to care for the horses until custody is settled.

Equine issues are important to us at The HSUS—not just the hands-on care, but also the public policy and public education. We are leading the fight to stop the export and slaughter of America’s horses, working to end government round-ups of healthy wild horses from public lands in the West, pushing for proper enforcement of the federal law to stop the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses at horse shows, and educating citizens about caring for horses. As with all animal issues, we hit the subjects from many angles, and work to prevent cruelty before it occurs.

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