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Texas Humane Group Gets Custody of Rescued Herd

More than 40 allegedly maltreated Quarter Horses--including foals, yearlings, and several pregnant mares--remain under rehabilitative care after being placed in the custody of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) of East Texas.

Castration Clinics Address Unwanted Horse Issues

When Alison LaCarrubba, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's equine ambulatory section, learned the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) would lend financial support to establish a castration clinic at the university, she recognized the program as a way to deliver a valuable veterinary service to cash-strapped horse owners at no cos...

Canadian Protests Target Horse Processing

More than 100 anti-slaughter protestors targeted horse processing plants, restaurants, and specialty butcher shops in 10 Canadian cities yesterday to promote support of C-544, legislation that would amend the Canadian Health of Animals Act to forbid the import and transport of horses for slaughter for human consumption in that country.

Texas Regulators to Reconsider Proposed Equine Dentist Rule

The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will reconsider a proposed rule that would prohibit so-called "lay equine dentists" in that state from using motorized or air-powered files to float horses' teeth without the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

California Anti-Slaughter Resolution Passes

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took its final step to passage on Wednesday when that state's Senate approved the measure.

Introduced in February, SJR 22 calls on federal lawmakers to pass HR 503, the Preve...

Missouri Horsemeat Processing Bill Advances

A bill establishing horse processing plant operation and meat inspection regulations was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Monday (March 29). HB 1747 also requires plant operators to pay registration and processing fees to underwrite meat inspection costs.   The bill now moves to the state Senate for review. Bill sponsor Rep. Jim...

Thoroughbred Trainer Pleads Guilty to Abuse Charges

Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Ohio Track Offers Help for Horses at Risk

Cincinnati's River Downs Race Track has established a "surrender stall" program for horse owners who can no longer care for their animals. The program was established in response to the removal of six allegedly malnourished horses from a farm operated by former Thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Moore, said River Downs Publicity Director John E...

Kentucky Unwanted Horses Addressed in New Report

The number of Kentucky horses abandoned by their owners rose through 2009, according to a report released by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) this week. County officials, rescue operators, and KHC members provided data for the report, which compared the number of horses abandoned or placed in equine rescues between 2007 and 2009.

State Animal Cruelty Laws Graded

Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho, and Mississippi have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on Tuesday.

Miami Trail Riders Find Butchered Horse

The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.

Government to Study Unwanted Horse Issues

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with examining how horse processing plant closures have affected equine welfare. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with objective, fact-based information intended to improve performance and accountability of federal agencies.

Horse Rescues Prepare for Long Winter Ahead

Tawnee Preisner doesn't need a calendar to know that winter is approaching--all she has to do is count the number of inquiries she receives from horse owners wanting to place their animals at her California equine rescue. Calls from financially strapped horse owners in need of help spike every fall, she said. But this year, the number of inquiries is exce...

Florida Horse Poaching Information Rewards Rise to $20K

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $20,000 today when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. increased its reward offer to $15,000. The Humane Society of the United States is also offering a separate $5,000 reward for information critical to ...

Former Owners of Seized Retired Polo Ponies Sought

An equine welfare advocate is hoping to reunite polo ponies seized from a farm owned by Polo Pony Retirement Foundation operator Nancy Mackall in August with former owners who want them back.

Twenty equines were residing on the farm when Orange County, Va., Animal Control Officers removed 10 allegedly malnourished horses from the property in respo...

Florida Horse Poaching Tip Reward Rises

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $8,000 on Tuesday when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. added $3,000 to existing reward funds.

Miami-Dade County Police are currently investigating 17 cases involving horses stolen and appare...

Charges Filed in Texas Cruelty Case

A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges.

Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry penalties up to $4,000 and one year in the county jail.

The charges stem from the May 9 removal of 57 allege...

Stress Busters

Our horses' lifestyles, career demands, and the way we manage them can cause more stress than we might expect.

Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, was preparing a horse for long-distance transport. Getting the horse from her home base at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center to his final destina...

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