Fourteen horses rescued, nine found dead in eastern Missouri

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 9:27 a.m. CST

ROSEBUD — Fourteen horses are now in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri after the animals were taken from a property near Rosebud in eastern Missouri.

The Humane Society said the animals rescued Tuesday were severely underweight and had no access to fresh water. Nine dead horses were found at the same property.

The investigation began with an anonymous tip to the Gasconade County Sheriff's Department on Monday. The rescued horses were taken to the Humane Society's Longview Rescue Ranch in Union and will remain there until a disposition hearing scheduled for Feb. 10.

If the Humane Society gets custody, officials said as many of the horses as possible will be put up for adoption.

So far, no charges have been filed.


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Allan Sharrock January 27, 2010 | 4:35 p.m.

The HSUS complains about not having any money to take care of horses but they were the leading cause next to PETA for having the processing plants shut down. Well HSUS now you get to cough up the money to feed them.

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Suzanne Moore January 28, 2010 | 7:46 p.m.

Hey, Allan ~ The Humane Society of Missouri is NOT the same as the HSUS. Totally different organizations. And I'm quite sure PETA had absolutely NOTHING to do with shutting down US slaughter houses. I've been involved in anti-slaughter for over 30 years, and haven't EVER heard a peep from them.

There has always been horse abuse and there always will be. Has nothing to do with slaughter because, guess what? Slaughter is just as available as ever - same meat men at the auctions. They just have 'em shipped to Mexico and Canada instead of Texas and Illinois.

You should check your facts before you put both feet in your mouth in public again.

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Janet Ferguson January 28, 2010 | 10:29 p.m.

There is a veterinary clinic that screens horses that must be relinquished by their owners, and provides humane euthanasia (at least in the area of Northern CA)

I feel local, state, and federal funds should be available to such clinics nationwide whereby their humane care and euthanasia of these unadoptable or older, sick horses should be recognized and reimbursed. It should not be a slaughterhouse. It should be humane euthanasia of these previously owned animals who are out of luck.

Please check on the financial and environmental fall-out of our U.S. communities that allowed slaughter plants previously, and the Canadian environmental nightmares that similar plants have created there, where tons of horse blood is secretly poured onto secluded country roads and ends up in rivers and streams. Horses are regularly butchered alive, unfortunately, in Mexico. They arrive after being trucked hours without food or water, often with broken limbs, eyes torn out, with their dead foals underfoot from inhumane transport.

Killer buyers, diguised as loving family members with lovely kids, etc., invade our auctions. Ask them when you can visit your horse they are buying. . . they will lose interest in buying your horse.

Horsemeat contracts from EU and Asia are what drives horse slaughter, not the number of horses "out there." New rules governing the quality of horsemeat go into effect in the EU this spring. Most of our American horses have been given medicines that are not and never have been acceptable for use in human consumption. Furthermore there is no correlation shown between the number of horses slaughtered and the number of so-called "unwanted" horses.

Missouri is known all over the world for its puppy mills. This is the same mentality of the breeders who breed excess horses (the racing industry, for example) and then dump excess horses at the auctions.

The problem is not created by The Almighty, it is created by us. Irresponsible ownership has very little to do with the need for horse slaughtering plants. By the time you add up the cost to the American public in the tax incentives given the foreign entities to move in and open a slaughter plant,(plus their well-documented delinquency issues in paying their bills), and the environmental mess they create, (also well documented) you could have a reimbursement incentive legislated for vets to provide humane euthanasia for the horses, ponies and burros who are "unwanted" and a reimbursement program for the transport of the remains to the renderers plant. For the most part, we do not eat horses in this country.

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Allan Sharrock January 29, 2010 | 6:13 p.m.

Pretty sure Suzanne that I never mentioned Missouri in my entire post. Let me reread it. Yup, its not there. If HSUS didn't need money to care for horses and animals then why on earth would they have ads on TV? I am not sure how you have been involved in the anti-slaughter industry and never heard of PETA and their outrage of the horse processing business. In fact on their OWN website they brag about how they brought down the industry.

Look I don't care if people want to eat horses. I don't care if people think that due to medicines that they feel it isn't fit for consumption. Let the free market work it out. It is the duty of those other countries to regulate their imports. It is the duty of the consumer to research where their food comes from. If people don't care then let them eat the animals. Regardless of what some may thinking horses are still considered livestock and private property. Euthinsa I have been told has some environmental concerns.

"Prompt and proper disposal of the body is critical, either by deep burial, cremation, or a renderer. House pets and wildlife can sink into a coma after consuming relatively small amounts of tissue or blood from a barbiturate-injected body. Note: Regardless of euthanasia method, local ordinances and sanitary district laws must be consulted before burying a horse"

If we cremate all those horses then if you believe in global warming that is a pretty big carbon footprint. What about if the drug gets into the local water system? That will not be good.

I guess we can agree to disagree on what to do with animals. Some people think that animals are humans and that is fine. Others such as myself, view them as private property and as a livestock. I have read the propaganda from both sides. You are not going to change my thoughts anymore than I an going to change yours.

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