Bridget Albert, writing for the New Haven Register (Connecticut) reports:
Cheyenne, a Paint horse that had been confined to a muddy stall for two years, shows some of the physical effects of the confinement: thoroughly overgrown hooves. Kathleen Schurman, farm animal rescuer in Bethany is fostering Cheyenne. Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register.
BETHANY — A Paint horse was taken to a safe haven Thursday afternoon after officials learned the animal was allegedly left in isolation and found to be in two feet of manure and urine, officials said.
Cheyenne, a 7 to 8 year-old mare was found nailed into a stall with caked in manure and urine. Animal control officials said the horse appeared to have been cooped up in the barn for the past two years.
“She is significantly underweight and her hooves are extraordinarily overgrown,” said Woodbridge Animal Control Officer Karen Lombardi, who examined Cheyenne late Thursday.
Local animal rescuer Kathleen Schurman who took in the mare said it was one of the worst cases she had ever seen.
“It was almost all she could do to make it from the stall to the trailer,” Schurman said. “When she saw other horses she was so thrilled to see them, it was a special moment.”
Schurman estimates it will take Cheyenne six months to a year before she is able to walk on her own because she has been confined to a pen for so long. Read full story >>
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)