10/6/06: Give Slaughter-Bound Horses A Second Chance
KINSHIP CIRCLE ALERT
Horse Trailer Overturn [VIDEO]
Horse trailer accident and horse slaughter [FORUM - COMMENTS]
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR / ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
On 9/27/06, The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) assisted in the rescue of 25 horses and one mule from a ghastly tractor-trailer accident on I-44 near St. Clair, Missouri. Another 16 horses didn't survive the crash.
Members of both Kinship Circle Primary and Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief have asked us what they could do to keep these horses from proceeding to their original destination -- Cavel International Slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois (one of three equine slaughter plants in the U.S.)
Charles Carter, a broker from Loveland, CO, is the "owner" of these horses destined to die beneath the knife. HSMO is currently negotiating with Carter's insurance company to acquire custody of the horses in exchange for waiving medical fees -- which have already soared over $50,000.
How horrible for these traumatized animals, now in the nurturing hands of HSMO at their Long Meadow Rescue Ranch, to wind up in the hands of butchers!
Kinship Circle is based in St. Louis, Missouri. By coincidence, I am holding my son's birthday party at HSMO this year, with a humane education theme for his kindergarten classmates. While planning the party, I've had the opportunity to ask about the rescued horses firsthand. I believe HSMO's fight to heal and home these horses, whatever the cost, is courageous...
At this time, there is no call for a letter campaign. However, if Carter's insurance company rejects the Humane Society's offer to keep the horses in exchange for waiving medical costs, we will let you know.
In the meantime, please consider:
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Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
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On Wednesday, September 27, 2006, The Humane Society of Missouri helped rescue 26 horses from a horrific tractor-trailer accident on I-44 near St. Clair, Missouri. Sixteen other horses died as a result of the accident.
The surviving horses, who were on their way to a slaughter house in DeKalb, Illinois, are suffering from severe injury, trauma, and malnourishment. Please make a donation today to help the Humane Society of Missouri defray the costs of caring for these horses and keeping them from slaughter.
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VIEW EACH RESCUED HORSE'S PHOTO HERE:
Named by rescuers for his strong will to live, Willie is a 4-year-old Black Thoroughbred-type stallion with small star. When pulled from the horrific wreck, he had two dead horses and one live horse on top of him. Willie suffered scrapes all over his body, face and legs and he had partial paralysis in his right fore and right rear legs. IV fluids and medication were administered to him at the accident site. He has developed a cough and nasal discharge and is in critical condition.
Sue is a 4-year old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with star, stripe, wide snip, white on lower lip and socks on both rear legs. She suffered a head injury along with scrapes on her body, face and legs. Although the swelling of her face has gone down, her right eyelid is still swollen and both eyes are being medicated daily with ointment.
Mortie is a 20-year-old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type gelding with star, stripe and snip. He suffered a head injury along with scrapes on his head, body and legs. He is being treated with medication to help reduce swelling in his face. He is also receiving ointment for his eye injuries.
Stan is a teenage Dark Bay Thoroughbred gelding with a star. He suffered scrapes on his body, face and legs. In addition to his injuries, Stan is thin and has bowed tendons on his front legs. After the horrific accident, he collapsed and rescue staff immediately administered IV fluids and medications which he is still receiving.
Hocks is a Black Quarterhorse-type stallion with left hind sock. He suffered numerous body and facial scrapes and lacerations on his rear legs and chest. Immediately following the horrific accident, veterinarians anesthetized him to suture his legs and chest. He also received IV fluids and medications to keep him comfortable.
Bazonka Donk is a Sorrel Hinny (product of a female ass and male horse) Both of his rear legs had been cut to the bone during the horrific trailer accident. Veterinarians anesthetized him to suture his legs. He received medications to make him feel comfortable. He still has some bleeding wounds on his back legs.
Mama is a pregnant Bay Thoroughbred-type mare with small star. She suffered a head injury and a cut above her left eye. She also has lacerations to all four legs and her urine appears to have some blood in it. Her legs were wrapped on the scene of the accident and she received IV fluids. Her wounds were stitched and she received additional IV fluids the next day. She is still considered to be in critical condition.
DD is a Roan colored Quarterhorse-type mare. She suffered lacerations to her face, right fore and both rear legs. Her legs were wrapped immediately after the accident and she has since received stiches for her wounds.
Princess is a Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with star, narrow stripe and small snip with rear socks and left front coronet. She suffered a head injury and several cuts and scrapes all over her body and face. Immediately following the accident, Princess collapsed and veterinarians administered IV fluids and medications for more than two hours. Her right fore received stiches and she continues to receive IV fluids. She is considered to be in critical condition. (The red "H" indicates which veterinarian treated her at the scene of the accident.)
Dudley DoRight is a Dark Bay Thoroughbred Stallion with a few white hairs on his forehead. In the trailer, he suffered a head injury, partial paralysis, edema between his front legs and several scrapes on his legs and face. After receiving medical treatment, he is doing better although he still has some paralysis in his right front leg.
Frankie is a White with Black Paint mare with two blue eyes. She suffered scrapes and cuts on her body, face and legs. Her right rear leg was wrapped and she received medications to make her comfortable at the scene of the accident. Her right rear leg has since been stitched and she continues to recieve IV fluids.
CC is a Sorrel Quarterhorse-type Gelding with small star. He suffered cuts and scrapes on his body, face, legs. His legs were wrapped at the accident and he was given medication to keep him comfortable. Later, he received stiches on his left fore leg, both rear legs and below his left eye. He is being treated for colic and continues to receive IV fluids.
Sweetie is a Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with right rear sock. She suffered a head injury as well as numerous scrapes on her face and body. At the scene of the horrific accident, she was given IV fluids and medications to make her comfortable. She has received stitches above her left eye and continues to receive fluids.
Spanky is a 20-year-old Gray Quarterhorse-type gelding. He suffered numerous scrapes on his body, face and legs. His right rear leg was wrapped at the scene of the accident and he has since received stitches and medications. In addition to his injuries, Spanky has arthritis and ringbone in his front legs. He has also developed a cough.
Buckwheat is a 4-year-old Sorrel Quarter-type stallion. He suffered a head injury, laceration to right rear pastern and numerous scrapes on his body, face and legs. His leg was bandaged at the scene of the accident. Since then, his right rear tendon sheath ruptured. His caregivers are keeping the leg wrapped and flushing it daily. He is receiving fluids and has developed a cough.
Darla is a Bay Appaloosa mare with white blanket over rump and two front coronets and a left rear coronet. She suffered numerous scrapes on her legs which have been wrapped. On the day of the accident, Darla had some yellowish nasal discharge and now has developed pneumonia. She is in critical condition.
Crashina is a a White with Black on forehead and ears Paint mare. She suffered scrapes on her body, face and legs. At the scene of the accident, she recieved medication to make her feel comfortable. Crashina continues to receive medication for a scrape on her inside left hind leg. And, she is being treated for a cough.
Liberty is a 3-year-old Cremella Quarterhorse-type filly with blue eyes. She suffered numerous scrapes on her body, face and legs and was cut on her back at the withers. She is being treated for the cut and and a cough she has developed.
Clueless Too is a Sorrel Thoroughbred yearling colt with line-like star and left rear pastern. He suffered numerous scrapes on his body, face and legs and lacerations on his left shoulder, left flank and upper thigh. At the scene of the accident, veterinarians tranquilized Clueless Too to stitch up his wounds. He has developed swelling in his rear pasterns, but the the stitched areas are looking good.
Spirit is a Dun Quarterhorse-type mare with star, left rear sock, left fore coronet and right rear pastern. She suffered a few scrapes on her body, face, legs from the accident. She is being treated.
Karma is a Bay Quarterhorse-type mare with two front pasterns and left rear socks with black spots. She suffered numerous cuts and scrapes on her face and legs. Her right eye received stitches at the scene of the accident. Her caregivers clean and medicate the wound daily as well as flush out a puncture wound on her left knee.
Freedom is a 4-year-old Gruello Quarterhorse-type gelding. He suffered numerous scrapes on his body legs and face. Rescue crew members wrapped all four legs to protect the wounds and gave him medication to make him comfortable. His caregivers continue to clean, medicate and wrap his leg wounds daily.
Jackpot is a Brown Quarterhorse-type gelding with star and four pasterns. He suffered scrapes on his body, face and legs and received medication to make him comfortable at the time of rescue. He is currently receiving treatment for a cough.
Gidget is a Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare. She suffered numerous scrapes on her body and legs and has been given medicine to keep her comfortable. In addition, she is receiving IV fluids.
Darlin is a Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with blaze. She suffered a head injury and numerous scrapes on her body, face. At the scene of accident, she was given medication to make her feel comfortable. Veterinarians also administered IV fluids which she still receives daily.
VIEW EACH RESCUED HORSE'S PHOTO HERE: http://hsmo.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=lrr_Donate_Horse_Heroes
Humane Society wants custody of animals
By Tim O'Neil, firstname.lastname@example.org
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Humane Society of Missouri won't pursue its costs of caring for the horses that were injured in a truck wreck - if an insurance company will hand over ownership of the animals, a society official said Wednesday.
The Humane Society has been caring for 25 horses and a mule that survived the crash Sept. 27 on Interstate 44 near Stanton. Debbie Hill, director of rescue investigations for the society, said the cost of caring for them has risen above $50,000.
Sixteen other horses either died in the crash or had to be euthanized. They were being hauled from Stroud, Okla., to the Cavel International Inc. horse-meat processing plant in DeKalb, Ill., about an hour west of Chicago.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says Charles Carter, a broker from Loveland, Colo., owned the horses. Hill said the Humane Society is dealing with Carter's insurance company to obtain custody of the surviving animals.
Normally, she said, an insurance company would take the animals after settling with an animal broker, such as Carter. The Humane Society also would have a claim against the insurance policy for the expenses it incurred during the rescue and follow-up care.
"But our intent is to get custody of the horses," she said. "That would leave us with a big hit, but it's in the best interest of the horses."
The society has created a "Horse Hero" program to raise money for their care, complete with a Web page that can be reached via http://www.hsmo.org , showing photos of each horse. It also has mailed more than 65 information packets to people who have expressed interest in adopting the animals.
Under direction of the Humane Society, area veterinarians continue to care for 18 of the animals and eight others are at the Humane Society's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch near Union. Earlene Cole, the ranch director, said three of the rescued horses remain in serious condition, with survival uncertain.
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