Horses Starving and Injured while SPCA “Monitors”. Again.
May 14, 2011 § 16 Comments
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is up to it again. For a month now the SPCA out of Hamilton have been monitoring six horses on a property in Millgrove. The horses are malnourished, have rain rot, some are injured, but all are nice, sweet horses that are desperate for food, water and love.
A neighbour called the SPCA to report the horses. The owner of the horses does not live there. I have to wonder who DOES live there. If you watch the video, you’ll see a house… Are those people sitting in their living room, watching six horses slowly starve to death while collecting the rent on the barn and land?
There are patches of fur missing from the horses, some have rain rot, one walks with a pronounced limp, several are emaciated while a few are in barely-decent weight, they’re shaggy, haven’t fully shed their winter coats yet you can see their ribs through it, their faces are even sunken in.
I counted no less than SIX houses with a clear, unobstructed line of sight to the paddock. What the fuck is wrong with people that it was allowed to get to this degree of severity?
“Investigators also believe there may be a medical issue with the most obviously emaciated horse.”
There is one horse with an obvious limp. Well, let me tell you this… anyone who knows anything about horses can tell you that if one horse is injured, the others will run it off the food. Since there’s not much food to go around, that injured horse will not even have crumbs to lick up. It’s obvious why she’s the skinniest of the bunch. A couple others are pretty skinny as well. There is a hierarchy in a herd. The weakest horses will get the least food. That’s the way it goes.
“Despite the horses’ appearance, Scott urged the public not to feed them because that may cause them to become worse or sick.”
While I agree that malnourished horses can actually get quite ill (for example; colic) if well-meaning people start throwing food over the fence… someone should be feeding them. There should be separate areas where the weaker horses don’t have to fight for food. Each horses intake should be monitored, as should “output” (urination and manure).
But NO ONE should get in trouble for bringing those horses water. Horses should have unlimited, fresh, clean water. At. All. Times.
“According to an order issued against the horses’ owner last month, he has until Monday to have an independent vet complete a full check on all the horses.
He also has to have their hoofs (sic) trimmed.”
Looks like Monday is going to be a big day. Will everything be done in time? I doubt it. Will the SPCA confiscate the animals if their demands are not met? Extremely doubtful. You see, the SPCA does not have the space or funds to care for horses. They rarely have certified foster homes at the ready. They would rather “work with the owner” because then it doesn’t cost them anything out of pocket. If these were dogs or cats, you know the SPCA would have taken them away on day one.
“Lee Hemphill knows the owner through the horsing community and says she’s volunteered to find the animals a better home.
But the owner, who could not be reached for comment, declined, Hemphill said.”
This is so common. The owner either can’t afford to care for these horses, or doesn’t bother – either way, the outcome is the same. But they never want to give up their animals! It’s their “property” to do with as they wish!
“I don’t feel the SPCA is doing enough,” she said, adding that she knows the “old mare” is “really old and in really bad shape.”
Just because a horse is old, does not mean it has to be skinny. This is a common “excuse” and it holds no water. An older horse named Grace went from skeletal to plump in a matter of ninety days!
What is the owners name?
What is the situation with the owner (I hear his name is Simon, and he may have lost his job three weeks ago – although those horses haven’t been fed in longer than three weeks)?
What is the situation with the land-owners?
This case has a lot of questions, and if anyone has the answers please feel free to post them in the comment section. If you’d prefer, send me an email at notabreed @ hotmail . com (minus the spaces) and I’ll keep your name out of it.