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Cruelty — How could someone . . .?

January 20, 2011

I was unable to embed the following video for some reason, even though Channel 7 in Boise offered the means to do so.  Please watch, although it’ll be tough to see.  It’s  a bad dream that has turned around.  Funny, no not funny at all, that I just read yesterday in  “Rehab for Milly . . . Say It’s Not So” on Cafe Conversations Blog by Barb7802  about a little kitten who was severely addicted to alcohol and marijuana.  People can do the cruelest things to precious creatures. I can’t fathom how.   Like Liz Scott, D.V.M. (our vet) in this video says,  “It’s criminal.”

Here’s the video. (And BTW, I’m in it!)

Here’s the partial story in writing:

Dozens of malnourished animals seized from farm

Idaho’s NewsChannel 7

by Jamie Grey
PAYETTE COUNTY — Dozens of malnourished horses and livestock are being treated after authorities say they were being severely neglected at a farm in Payette County.

The Payette County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Humane Society, and the Idaho Department of Agriculture rescued nearly 70 animals from a property in New Plymouth Tuesday and Wednesday.  That includes 27 horses, 15 sheep, 13 llamas, 9 pigs, 2 cows, goats and 1 dog.

According to the Idaho Humane Society, the conditions of the property and many of the animals were deplorable.

“These animals had been starved.  Some starved to death.  And it’s absolutely abusive,” Veterinarian Doctor Liz Scott said.

The investigation started nearly two weeks ago, but this week authorities say they finished up the work they needed to take the animals away from their owners.  The animals are now being rehabilitated at the Humane Society’s rescue ranch, a private farm, and in the worst cases, at the clinic where Scott works.

“As you look at [one horse’s] body, I can put my hands between his ribs, my fingers fit in between his ribs,” Patricia Vance, Idaho Humane Society, said of one of the horses brought to the clinic.
On a scale from one to nine for body condition, Scott and Vance say that particular young horse is a one.

“Preferred is five or six.  One is as low as you can go.  I mean, the next step… they’re done,” Vance said.

Vance says conditions on the farm were terrible, and rescuers were worried some of the animals wouldn’t make it to the clinic.

“The conditions were very deplorable.  No food.  The animals didn’t have water,” Vance said.

Rescuers say they couldn’t save all from starvation, infection, and other problems.  Vance said one horse and two goats were in such poor health, a veterinarian had to euthanize them.

“There were some animals on the farm that had already died, some that had to be euthanized, and then the rest were taken from the place,” Scott said.

Scott anticipates the several animals in her care will pull through and eventually be adopted out to new homes.

“It makes me very sad,” Scott said.  “I think that as owners of horses that we have a duty to take care of them and to feed them appropriately, and if we can’t then we need to find somebody that can.  And I think that it’s criminal what’s happened to these horses.”

The Humane Society is asking for the public’s help to care for these animals.

Donations to help purchase food and medication can be made online at the Idaho Humane Society’s website.

Authorities are still working to determine the ownership of the animals.  The owners could face animal cruelty charges.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. tekia permalink
    January 20, 2011 3:39 pm

    It always amazes me how people can be so cruel and dehumanizing. Just because they’re animals doesn’t mean they can be or should be treated like they have no worth to their lives. It’s absolutely shocking to me that animals would be abused like this or in any manner. If people don’t want the animals, then don’t get them in the first place. If people find they can’t take care of the animals down the road, then they need to find a home for it, not starve it to death! UGH! It makes me sick. A sad but enlightening/informative post.

    • January 20, 2011 4:18 pm

      It is sickening. You’ll be heartened to know that Lolly, the babies mom, and Jamey, the blind sheep are eating voraciously and not as afraid as they were last night. Little Jessie, the lamb, went home with one of my ranch hands who fed her every two hours. Oh, and BTW, Jamey is with child! Nancy

  2. January 20, 2011 4:49 pm

    As many times as it is said, if you cannot take care of any animal do not take it home or have it on your farm. Why does no one listen to that?? I suppose they had good intentions…for what that is worth! I do hope the owners of the property are held responsible for this. In Michigan there was a similiar instance. The property owners were in financial despair and just left. It was terrible. PS: Milly went to the Vet today, doing fine. She gets better every day.

    • January 20, 2011 4:59 pm

      I’m so glad. Kisses to Milly! Lolly and Jamey, the two ewes are doing fine. Jessie is thriving. I’ll post pics after this weekend. love Nancy

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