Same Old, Same Old.

May 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Ok.  Here we go again…  Skinny horse and the same old excuses.

Oh, but it's OLD.

The tired excuse “my horse is old”.  Have we not learned that old horses don’t need to be SKINNY?  Read the article below, and my comments, any you will see what I think.

Most every day, Lynsie Jordan drives by a 65-plus-acre pasture near the intersection of Vine and Main streets.

During the past several months, the 30-year-old noticed two of the five horses that graze here increasingly look frail and old. On Monday, she snapped a few photographs and then called police, fearful the animals are abused or neglected.

“I was just devastated by the way they looked,” Jordan said.

Good for you Jordan!  Everyone should report animals that look like they’re being neglected.

Jordan’s reaction, while sincere and understandable, highlights an important point: Just because an animal appears malnourished and forgotten does not mean it is.

Um, wait… what?  Yes, sometimes horses and other pets can look a little bad while undergoing treatment for an illness (which one of these horses was).  What should happen is the owners should notify Animal Control and the local Humane Society that there is a problem but that it’s being looked after by a certified veterinarian.  If AC and the HS know what’s going on, they can better answer questions when people call.  It’s called being proactive.

Yet, the deteriorating condition of the horses raises an equally important question: When and how should owners end the lives of such an iconic animal?

For Cathy Myers, owner of one of the skinny horses, that time is now.

“We don’t want him to suffer,” Myers, 49, said, breaking into tears. “I am not intentionally neglecting him. I’m trying to find the most cost-efficient way to take care of him.”

Her white horse, Palomo, suffers from a debilitating facial tumor that impedes the animal’s ability to eat. The family paid for the tumor’s removal in March, Myers said, but the cancer returned.

I feel bad for this owner.  They’ve tried everything they can, and were unsuccessful.  That being said, I have two comments.  One; the horse in the background is even skinnier!  Two; that white horse is starving to death.  I understand you’ve tried everything, but “trying to find the most cost-efficient way to take care of him??  Put him to sleep.  $400.00.  Hire a backhoe to dig a hole and put him in.  $200.00.  And that’s being generous.  Just think of it this way:  no more boarding and/or feeding costs.  You’ll “make your money back” in a matter of two months.

To help the horse regain its weight, Myers fed it supplements but to no avail. Tired of seeing it waste away, the family is making arrangements to euthanize and properly bury the animal.

Good for you.  You tried to help the animal, it didn’t work, and now you’re looking to humanely euthanize the horse.  While the horse is quite skinny, and you may have left it a little too long, you are at least preparing to do the right thing.  Again, good for you.

The owner of the other sickly-looking equine – a 30-year-old retired race horse – declined comment for this story. Administrators of the Victoria City-County Animal Shelter say the owner has chosen to let the animal live out its last days in the pasture.

Oh fuck, wait, what?  Of course the other owner ‘declined to comment‘!  They know what they are doing is wrong!  They’re letting “the animal live out its last days in the pasture”???  The definition of that is they’re waiting until the animal drops dead from starvation, and then they’ll deal with the carcass.

Animal control officers have since February received about 150 to 200 calls per month from concerned residents, said Heather Kern, the assistant supervisor.

Callers reported the frail appearance of the horses and suggested the animals had no food or water.

Kern inspected the horses and the pasture in February. She found that while the property near the road lacks food, the back portion teems with ample grass and a 20-acre lake that horses can easily access.

Well, no surprise they’re receiving that many calls!  Just look at the horses!  Age is no excuse.  If the passersby saw there was not enough food, on top of the emaciated horses, why wouldn’t they suspect the horses are being neglected?

Of the two worrisome horses, she found their eyes, teeth and hooves to be in good shape. She deemed the horses were not, in fact, neglected.

Because calls are again streaming into animal control, shelter administrators contacted both horse owners again this week. During these talks, they learned about Myers’ plan to euthanize her horse. They demanded the owner of the other horse to have a veterinarian examine the animal.

Kern emphasized, though, that animals often become frail as they age – just like their human counterparts do.

My bold.

Oh, right, here we go… they’re old.  Well, the one with cancer, I feel bad for the family – but like I said, at least they’re preparing to do the right thing.  The second animal – what is it you’re doing?  Oh, right, you’re letting it starve to death.  It reminds me of the Edmonton lawyer, Frank McKay, leaving the horses to their own devices on the mountain.

Just because we leave people to languish in homes to die doesn’t mean we don’t treat them.  It doesn’t mean we don’t nourish them.  It doesn’t mean we don’t make them as comfortable as possible.  We don’t leave them to fend for themselves and starve to death.  We support their bodies medically as long as we can.  Fuck.

“We appreciate people’s concerns,” she said. “Understand that just because they look bad does not mean they are malnourished.”

Like the title says… same old same old.  Same old tired excuses.  There are ways to put weight on a horse – even a senior horse.  The horse may not be getting enough nutrients from the grass / pasture.  What you could do is feed it some senior feed.  Or beet pulp.  But wait, that means extra work and money.  So instead, you’d rather let the horse starve to death.  Nice.

Horses in the United States seem to fall for people somewhere between a pet and a bald eagle. Not only are they loved like the family dog, they represent an iconic American way of life.

Maybe it’s this mix that makes so many people upset when they see horses grow weak. This vision certainly cannot make it easier for owners who must decide when and if to pull the plug.

Um, who the fuck wrote this, and what are their credentials?  Try the fact that people are emotionally connected to their pets.  Also try the fact that for people who don’t own the animal, they are still bothered by the animal being neglected.  Wow.

“That’s a very personal issue that differs with every owner,” Thomas Moscatelli, a Victoria veterinarian, said. “There is no perfect time. The animal has to be ready to go and the owners have to be ready to let go.”

No.  The owner has to be an adult, and be responsible.  They have to make a decision that the animals welfare surpasses their own emotional connection to it.  Or their own weakness.  Fuck.  This is idiocy.

Moscatelli blames a ban on Texas horse slaughterhouses for what he says is an up-tick in horses struggling as older animals. Horse owners now have fewer end-of-life options, he said, and passersby will continue to see the ramifications play out in pastures like the one off Vine Street.

A 2007 court ruling upheld a Texas law banning horse slaughter, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.

Oh God, you didn’t go there.  Aaaand of course, here we go.  The closure of the American slaughter houses has caused all this abuse and neglect.  Puh-lease!  What the fuck does this even have to do with the story.  Lets review; they have a horse with cancer that the family is putting down.  Then they have a senior horse that is supposedly skinny due to age.  How does slaughter even figure into this?  Why mention slaughter at all?  Oh, right, because we’re in Texas.  Home of the “free to do whatever we want to our property“.  Home of the “free to slaughter any animal we want”.

Whether horse slaughterhouses are humane or federal law should prohibit their existence is fodder for another day. Until then, Moscatelli said you increasingly will see malnourished-looking horses.

Well, fuck, you brought it up!  Why leave it there?  As I said, why even BRING it up?

As horses age, their livers, kidneys and teeth can fail.

Yes.  Yes they do.  That is why senior feeds are available.  So you can properly care for you senior horse.  Je-ZUS!

“We are going to see a lot more of this because our horse population is not dwindling,” the veterinarian said. “Our pastures are turning into old-age nursing homes for horses.”

No, we are going to see a lot more of this because people are unwilling to make a decision.  Do I spend the extra money to feed my senior horse properly, or do I humanely euthanize it?  Tough decision, I know.  It’s hard to put a price on a beloved pet.  But the bottom line is responsible owners do that every day.

Story:  http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/may/26/gs_watchdog_052711_140789/?news&local-news

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§ 2 Responses to Same Old, Same Old.

  • Not A Breed says:

    Yet another story where the owner leaves the horse to die of “natural causes” in a paddock. (http://www.spec.com.au/?sp=2&id=12090)
    Of course, because the owner didn’t have the teeth done, the horse was literally starving to DEATH even though she didn’t HAVE to.
    Sorry folks, that is outright NEGLECT. Especially considering the owner had been told over a YEAR before to have the teeth done! How long that poor horse suffered, trying to eat with ulcers in her mouth. Fucking PATHETIC.

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