Two organizations worked together over the weekend on a horse cruelty situation in Grenada, Mississippi. The Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) in Grenada, Mississippi, worked with the Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Office to capture several abandoned horses, a mule and dogs and keep them off area roads.
HAS director Doll Stanley explained,
The family living at the property had been evicted and left with the horses they were able to transport in a borrowed trailer. The animals left behind - two horses, a donkey and four dogs - were not left with provisions for their care, nor was care arranged for them.
In Defense of Animals (IDA) which is an international animal protection organization operating HAS, had a large animal veterinarian from Veterinary Associates in Grenada examine the seized animals. Dr. Thomas Abernethy found the horses in emaciated condition. According to Stanley, Abernethy was able to confirm that other horses under the family’s care had succumbed to botulism because they were fed rotting, tainted hay.
One of the horses, a mare that really belonged to a neighbor, was seized with the other animals. Abernethy determined that this horse was not a yearling as was thought, but instead was closer to seven or eight years old. She was emaciated and had been severely deprived of food for a period of time.
The animals are now safe.
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