Elvis has Left the Building
December 30, 2015 § 20 Comments
Florida, a state known for its horrendous treatment of horses, has a new spokesperson.
Ok, that might be a bit mean, but ignorance of the law is no excuse in a courtroom, and ignorance of horse care shouldn’t be an excuse to leave a horse down and dying for over TEN DAYS. There’s a small, tiny, piece of me that feels for this gal for losing her horse, but then I look at the whole picture and see a systematic issue in her story.
Lets go way back first, to June 2012. There was this couple named Jessyca Broom and Brandon Duff. They left their one-year-old baby in a car, with it running, unlocked, in Jacksonville Florida – for “just a few minutes” of course – while they were checking out a house for rent… and it was stolen. Luckily for them, it was abandoned 45 minutes later with the car still running and their baby Italia safe inside.
I hate to say it, but after everything I’ve learned about this couple, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they set this up for the attention – especially when one article said they “couldn’t afford” to move back into their apartment. I didn’t search much, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Fast forward, and now they’re rescuing and fostering dogs. Except, one of the dogs Jessyca rescued, that she renamed Irish, is pregnant. After not responding to the actual rescue organization Saffari that was supposedly managing this dog in April, she sells the puppies for $200 each.
She then tries to give Irish away in August and then again in September. Oh, and Jessyca says no one can breed her because “she will die her placenta is not normal”. She then demands that the dog only be fed a specific food.
Maybe she actually needed to give Irish away because in August she “rescued” a horse or two. She posts pictures of the one underweight horse, Blitz, being ridden by her hubby and little girl (without helmets of course – but she swears while being interviewed after Italia was “stolen” that she’d never put her in danger again…) just four days after rescuing the horse (so you know she knows that horse would never buck or bolt). Yes, throw a western saddle, a man, AND a child on an underweight horse. Sweet. Of course she defends herself by saying the horse really needed to bond with them with “under saddle time”.
Then, keep in mind she rescued the horse in August, she posts photos of the same horse in October, and says
“NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON HIS WEIGHT HE IS A RESCUE”
Considering the fact the horse was not THAT underweight to begin with, you think you would have seen at least a subtle difference in two months. Shit, with proper care, management and nutrition, you can easily put a couple hundred pounds on a horse in a couple of months – I know, because I have. But apparently these people will use the “HE’S A RESCUE” excuse for ever.
Oh, and meanwhile in May they were looking for a ride from their biker friends to Hooters, with their daughter Italia. Because Hooters is a great place to bring a kid.
Ok, I have one more thing to say about her child rearing capabilities. She was posting on local swap sites looking for a babysitter for the same night, “preferably at her house”, but insisted on a home visit and references for Irish.
She apparently “rescued” this second horse, name unknown, around the same time she “rescued” Blitz; this beautiful paint who of course needed a “rebel flag saddle pad” asap!
Thank GOD she found one!
At some point, she rescued an Appaloosa named Elvis as well.
Unfortunately, within a few months, this two-year-old stud horse would be down on the ground, languishing for over ten days without vet care, and it would take the sheriff and a vet showing up and threatening her with charges to get him humanely put down.
I’m not sure what Jessyca was thinking, getting an unaltered two-year-old stud colt, considering her absolutely inadequate knowledge of horses. And of course she had to ride the poor baby! But did she consider getting him his shots? Noooooo. Because that would have saved this poor horses life.
The second this horse went down, she was online looking for funds / donations to help out. She was posting on multiple pages, looking for sympathy and anyone who could donate either cash (directly to her of course) or items for her to sell FOR cash.
She stated the vet had come and taken blood and sent it to a lab but it would be at least a couple of weeks for the results – but the vet she named specifically stated that he only came once and only did a cursory exam because she couldn’t pay him.
No less than TEN DAYS went by; meanwhile a Justice for Elvis facebook page was set up, and more and more information about the couple was surfacing. Some of the information had to do with baby-daddy Brandon Duff having a recent arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in public (June 2015)…
…and then she comments that she has prepaid for day-and-night vet care so donating direct to the vet isn’t an option, please donate to her directly!
Elvis went down around December 17th, and was finally euthanized December 29th.
Of course the people who organized the horse to be euthanized are having to try to raise funds to bury the poor thing. And while I appreciate that they are not directly involved and shouldn’t have to foot the bill, it’s utterly ridiculous that Jessyca raised funds that she obviously did not spend on the horse, and had a nice fucking Christmas filled with gifts and a new saddle, but other people are expected to pony up (no pun intended) for its burial.
And of course she’s not being charged criminally, because she relinquished the fucking horse! I can only hope that the sheriff will keep a good watch on any other animals she has. At least we now know that Blitz has gone to a better home where he’s being cared for.
Merry Fucking Christmas
Just to be clear, Jessyca has gone by several different names – Jay Duff being the latest (Jessyca Morgan Duff, Jessyca Duff, Jessyca Broome, etc.), and has a couple (at least) different Facebook accounts. She recently locked down her accounts security-wise after this debacle, so I’ve got screen shots of her two accounts.
Edit: post has been edited to differentiate between the paint horse and Elvis