December 2, 2011 § 150 Comments
This is a story that I actually had to draw a flowchart to keep track of… so bear with me here.
There are several key players, not the least of which are a well-known criminal and the OSPCA. There’s also a rescue involved… go figure.
AND there are some horses that desperately need saving!
Player Number One
Richard “Butch” Clare
If you don’t know who he is, you’re obviously not from Ontario. This is a well-known man who not only owns a cattle slaughter house / feed lot (Aylmer Meat Packers Inc.) – but he’s made a good living at transporting horses to slaughter. Ah Butch, you’re already my favorite character. My favorite part of Butch’s story is that he has plead guilty to, and been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for, improper acts. What improper acts? Oh, you know… slaughtering cattle not fit for human consumption and putting it out in the market for us ‘humans’ to eat. You see, the cattle he ‘slaughtered’ were already dead. They showed UP dead. The only animal that should have been eating that cow was a dog (not that I think that’s ok either). He lost his (slaughterhouse) license FIVE times in 12 years! That didn’t stop him from slaughtering cattle for human consumption though! Oh no, not Butch! « Read the rest of this entry »
September 26, 2011 § 2 Comments
James Herriot is a country vet in England’s Yorkshire and has written quite a few books about his times there and the animals he dealt with – large and small.
The book James Herriot’s Dog Stories is one such book. It was published in 1992, but many of the stories are from decades before.
One story, about a small white dog he was dealing with which had Hodgkins and was starting to suffer, led me to quote him. It shows my exact thinking on euthanasia.
‘Good lad, good old Theo,’ I murmured, and stroked the face and ears again and again as the little creature slipped peacefully away. Like all vets I hated doing this, painless though it was, but to me there has always been a comfort in the knowledge that the last thing these helpless animals knew was the sound of a friendly voice and the touch of a gentle hand.
Sentimental, maybe. Not like Paul (the owner). He had been practical and utterly rational in the way he had acted. He had been able to do the right thing because he was not at the mercy of his emotions.
Then he goes on… « Read the rest of this entry »
September 1, 2011 § 2 Comments
Buy a cow, get a one-eyed horse for free.
Not only is this poor horse a stallion, but he’s emaciated, and only has one eye.
What is wrong with this picture? I mean, aside from basically giving him away at an auction? What’s wrong is the fact that the sheriffs department had this horse for approximately five months, and quite obviously haven’t been able to put weight on him.
The photo is apparently from August 12th.
They posted photos that literally prove they neglected this horse. « Read the rest of this entry »
August 5, 2011 § 5 Comments
Yes Cheryl, as is proven by the prices your $10,000 black straight Egyptian Arabians went for, your horses were not actually worth that much, now were they?
And yes, I’m writing this straight to Cheryl, since she decided to comment all over my blog. What? Your horses went for $50-100 some of them? What was top price? Maybe just over a thousand? Most went for $400 to $500ish? Yeah. Those are some pretty speshul horses you got there. But no, years ago, when you first had financial trouble (which by the sounds of it, you were the cause of most of that) you wouldn’t sell any of the horses for under 10k. What? Are you on crack? I mean, really, why didn’t you let a few of them go for a thousand or so, and feed the rest of them?
You see, according to eye-witness reports, most of the horses were underweight – even though they were being fed by volunteers for the last month or so – and their hooves needed trimming, and most hadn’t been ridden in over five years. Yeah, those are some real speshul horses you got there. Man, I know I’d pay ten thousand for one of those!
August 3, 2011 § 4 Comments
Just thought I’d pass it along…
As always, click on the image to view a larger size. On this one, you can even hover over the ad and when your mouse pointer turns to a magnifying glass, click it again to enlarge again. Click “back” to return here.
Really, it’s good.
July 29, 2011 § 109 Comments
Making the rounds on the Internet, between Facebook, blogs and forums, is the story of a woman in Schomberg Ontario who has had her 23 SE Arabians seized under the Innkeepers Act. She is $30,000 in debt to the woman she leased the facility from, and her name is Cheryl. When first approached, Cheryl lied and said she was only the “caretaker”. It wasn’t until later that she admitted to being the owner.
Desperate for Money
As far back as over a year ago Cheryl was begging for money on Twitter, making it sound like she was trying to help someone else (as always, click on the photo to see it enlarged, click your “back” button to return to this page).
Now, a year later, most of those same horses are a body score of less than three, one is very old and riddled with cancer – but they’re headed off to auction under the Innkeepers Act. I find it interesting that she’s in debt $30,000 but a year ago was begging for 50k… « Read the rest of this entry »
July 28, 2011 § 3 Comments
I’m sad to note today that Fugly Horse of the Day… AKA Cathy, is retiring.
I have read her blog for several years, although admittedly stopped reading it religiously when I started this blog. I didn’t want to see what she was writing, as I was writing. There have been an occasion or two when we’ve covered the same or similar stories, and I was glad I hadn’t read her blog first. I really wanted my voice and opinions to come through without being influenced by hers. I do, however, respect her enough that I linked to her blog on my front page.
I think FUGLY served a great purpose, and I wanted to do something similar but with a more “Canadian” slant. I have covered some American stories; the ones that really caught my eye, and will continue to do so. But I still really want to find those uniquely Canadian stories.
It sounds like the blog is up for sale. I checked out the listing, and it says the top bid was $8500 but it didn’t sell. I assume that means it had a reserve and the reserve wasn’t met. It almost scares me that someone who was pro-slaughter would take it over and start ripping her posts apart with their rhetoric. She very specifically says…
It sells with the domain and the rights to all content written to date, which I suspect could be quite lucrative for someone who knows what they are doing (I don’t, and I’m too busy to find out). It is selling to the public with no restrictions; it may or may not go to someone who wishes to continue doing a blog about this subject matter.
And as a final note, here is a list of things she hopes people have learned, if they didn’t know already: « Read the rest of this entry »