Donations Pour In for Horses Found In Horrible Conditions

Animal control officers continued to remove horses Thursday from a farm in rural Jessamine County where 70 horses were found Wednesday. Officers say the horses were all starving and neglected.

Some of the horses were removed Wednesday, the rest were taken from the scene Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday officials said, on a scale of one to ten with one being the worst, most of the horses would rank a 1.5. The owner faces 70 counts of animal cruelty and is expected in court next month. Authorities say two other people could also be charged in the case.

The Jessamine County Humane Society says they have been receiving hay, feed and monetary donations. However, it will take great efforts to nurse the horses back to health. If you would like to make a donation you can contact them at 859-887-1577. You can also send donations to:
Jessamine Co. Humane Society
P.O. Box 101
Nicholasville, Ky 40340.


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  • by Mira Location: Calgary, Alberta on Aug 30, 2008 at 10:21 PM
    Yes, Jill, the closure of the plants has caused this problem. Apparently you are blissfully unaware of the fact that when horses can no longer be maintained due to drought, the rising cost of feed, illness, advanced age and all those things that you pointed out, horse owners who, in the past, would have shipped them for meat, now have nowhere to send them. Rescue farms are rapidly becoming overwhelmed. Euthanasia, burial & cremation costs have risen in direct proportion to the demand created by the closure of the plants. And as the value of horses decreased because of the closure of the plants – which incidentally set the dollar/pound value of all horses - Auction is no longer a viable option: Excluding those that would have gone for meat, valuable horses are now going for a pittance. Those that would have been bought as saddle mounts are not selling – why? Because of the very reasons you gave in your response; they are too expensive to keep. Arlene, I am with you all the way!
  • by Ron Location: Junction City on May 23, 2008 at 04:42 PM
    I have wanted a horse all of my life. call and didn't get response have bought the essential and a book to take good care of it, but evidently you are not trying to hard to find them a home. I know people are trying to give horses away right now so I was only trying to help. Have a nice day. Ron
  • by Jill Location: Maryland on May 20, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    Arlene is not completely right. The closing of the slaughterhouses is not the only reason for the increase in starving or abandoned horses. Last years's extreme drought has had a devastating effect on hay in this country. Prices have doubled or tripled and supply has dramatically decreased. Even cattle owners are facing serious problems. Also, the sharp increase in demand for biofuels since gas prices have soared, has sent corn prices soaring. It was just an unfortunate coincidence that this all happened the same year that slaughter plants closed. The overwhelming majority of neglect cases I have seen were due to the drought, and NOT the closing of the plants. Also, you have to ask yourself: if a horse owner can no longer afford to feed his/her horses, why not humanely euthanize them instead of abandoning them - in the absense of slaughterhouses? Also, auctions didn't close - just the slaughterhouses.
  • by Arlene Location: Minnesota on May 8, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    I suggest you contact anyone who voted for or pushed for the voting on the ban to slaughter horses and ask them for donations. They are the ones who are the cause of many of these problems now. The rest of us are trying to feed our own horses.
  • by Lisa Location: SC KY on Mar 31, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    I agree that the photos shown did not show, in my opinion, horses in dire need. The hay shortage has hurt everyone but how many head of cattle has the Jessamine County Humane Society rescued? Why is it that the animals Jessamine County tends to rescue are more often than not pure blood....i.e. Tennessee Walking horses, pure breed dogs? Who monitors the actions of the humane society? Just curious if anyone can answer my questions....
  • by Anonymous Location: eastern ky on Mar 29, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    Why doesn't anyone ever say anything about all those poor little baby horses that the mom gets hauled off to Lexington to nurse mare a race horse baby. These newborn colts are left to die. I live in Eastern Kentucky where this happens often. At least these horses aren't dead. Give up your fuss and really help the needy horses.
  • by tammy Location: linclon on Mar 29, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    if you thank some of those horses looked bad you should go to the richmond horse sale some of those horse looked a lot worse than the ones they tock fron the farm.i feel the same way windy does right on girl.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Mar 29, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    They need to slaughter all of these horses and have a big BBQ for hungry people! I'm tired of people caring more about animals than human beings.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Don't get me wrong. This is a horrible event. I just wish that people would make "donations pour in" for homeless shelters and like places that take care of mistreated, needy HUMANS.
  • by Dearaline Location: Oak Grove LA on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:49 AM
    I am completely loss of words that people that have these loving animals do not love them back. I have hay that I can donate to the humane society for such disasters. I have called them and left a message, hopefully they will return my call. I love horses and I have two, if I see I cannot take care of them I would make sure they went to good homes.

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