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Worst case of animal cruelty these rescuers have seen - Update on NHSPCA's efforts at rehabilitation

Probably the worst case of animal cruelty in New Hampshire Seacoast history was uncovered a few weeks ago when authorities raided a farm in Middleton. The photos are agonizing and will only be shown in a link. As the TV newscasts say, 'The following photographs may be disturbing.' These are, but read on and see what wonderful results the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham and the Cocheco Valley Humane Society have achieved with these poor animals.

According to the NHSPCA News release of March 24, 2010, 'The New Hampshire SPCA seized 3 horses, 4 dogs, 2 parrots, and 2 canaries while Cocheco Valley Humane Society took 5 dogs.'

As of April 30th, all seem to be stable and are improving daily. They are awaiting release to be adopted as the court has not yet heard the case against the owner. If, and until the judge turns them over to the NHSPCA and CVHS, they remain in limbo, albeit a step in the right direction. They are receiving the love and attention that will bring them back to health.

Please read the article Out of Darkness. in the Spring 2010 Newsletter. It was written by one of the first rescuers on the scene and attests to the enormity of the case.

One has to wonder how this can happen, and how to avert a similar situation. Awareness is one answer. If someone suspects cruelty to an animal, it's imperitive to report suspicions to the authorities: local police, animal protection organization, a local veteranarian, to name a few. Involvement is another: if there is fear that a friend or neighbor may need help providing for his or her pets, that is time to reach out (tough to do, but think of the animals.)

Fortunately, the rescued animals are showing progress. The colt, (Scooter) while still weak is recovering in his own enclosure, while the white Percheron (Maya) and the little bay mare (Shay) graze a larger field in front of the SPCA building where visitors can interact with them. If you are quick with the camera, you can get a shot of them nuzzling, probably telling each other how thankful they are for their salvation. (This photographer missed six times then quit.)

Left: the barn where the larger animals are kept. Missed the horses nuzzleing but caught the water mid-stream. Down behind the barn, two long-term horses have their own paddock. You can read about them in the NHSPCA Newsletter.

'Tail Wagger's Boutique, the retail area offers gift items as well as necessities for a happy pet. Get your pet I.D. tags here!'

Any who wishes to help the NHSPCA can be assured they will use the money to forward their work to help all animals referred to them. If you are interested, click here for instructions: I want to help

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  • Sheila O'Connor - SF World Travel Examiner 3 years ago

    I can't believe how awful some people can be, thanks for the article Gail.

  • Patty Davis 3 years ago

    There is something wrong with people who mistreat animals.

  • Michele Peterson 3 years ago

    I don't understand why people keep animals unless they want to care for them. Thanks for the info.

  • Gail Hunter 3 years ago

    Adding my own bit...we don't know about this man yet. Is he destitute? Is he mentally off balance? He probably loved his animals, but was just at a loss about what to do. From what I've heard, I believe life may have just overwhelmed him...which is why we must all be aware of brewing trouble and notify the authorities.

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