Five horses were rescued from a Northfield, NH farm on June 6, 2014 due to poor health and deplorable conditions, according to the Union Leader. After a complaint was received by the Northfield police, a search warrant discovered unkempt horses on the property of Bert Southwick, 90, a local man known as “The Egg Man.” Southwick has delivered eggs to residents for 75 years.
The farm has a total of 12 horses but only five were removed. Four of the horses went to Live and Let Live Farm Rescue in Chichester and one went elsewhere. The horses residing on the farm were being boarded and the five confiscated were apparently abandoned by their owner, leaving an extra burden on the elderly resident and his one helper. The seven remaining horses have adequate care and shelter, and are within the confines of the law.
Though an investigation is ongoing, it is doubtful Southwick will be charged. He has been in and out of the hospital over the past few years. Northfield police will do a follow up for the horses remaining at the farm.
According to Live and Let Live Farm Rescue's Facebook page, “the farm volunteers who showed up with the police and Department of Agriculture were heckled and taunted by friends of the man who kept these horses in such deplorable conditions.”
Live and Let Live Farm Rescue posted the five horses were kept in cow stalls with concrete floors. The horses were standing in piles of their own feces and had urine burns on their legs. The air circulation inside the barn was poor and the horses' hooves and teeth had never been taken care of. Some had no water and the hay was old.
The rescue went on to say the horses were skittish and unsure, nervous about their new surroundings.
Southwick claims himself to be an animal lover, according to WMUR9. His caretaker, Harold Kelley, states that the owner of the five horses had not been to the farm in almost three years and that it is the responsibility of the owner to take care of the horses.
Whatever the outcome of the investigation, the horses will now be taken care of.
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