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Reward Offered In Case of Poisoned Rancho Santa Fe Horses

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is adding a reward of $2,500 to an existing $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­poisoning 23 horses at a Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. stable last week.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Thursday morning, workers at Rockridge Farm, a boarding and training facility, discovered that someone entered the stable overnight and fed oleander leaves — mixed with apples and carrots — to all of the show horses in the stable, and to two pregnant mares and a third horse who were in an outside corral. Oleander is widely known to be toxic to horses, causing cardiac arrest and death. As few as 10 leaves can kill a horse. One horse remained in critical condition at the time of this release. The remaining affected horses appear to be responding well to veterinary treatment.

Animal Cruelty:

Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

"The apparent deliberateness of this heinous act against more than two dozen vulnerable animals is disturbing," said Jennifer Fearing, The Humane Society of the United States' California senior state director. "Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people and Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.


The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.


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