July 28, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Wash. Horse Neglect and Abandonment Case
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the neglect and abandonment of two malnourished horses near the Tinkham Campground near North Bend.
Regional Animal Services of King County Sgt. David Morris gives the following account: On Thursday, Regional Animal Services animal control officers working closely with Washington State Animal Response Team located and captured a Bay Thoroughbred mare and a red roan Appaloosa gelding about two miles up Fire Service Road 5510. Neither horse had any form of halter, brand, microchip or other identification.
The horses were taken to a nearby farm where they were examined by an equine veterinarian. It was determined that the mare was roughly 100 pounds underweight and suffered from severe sores on all four hooves. The gelding was about 250 pounds underweight and had severe abscesses on both of his front feet. Both horses suffered from dehydration and had several minor abrasions. They are expected to make a full recovery.
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.
"Being a horse owner is a choice, one that comes with the responsibility to provide humane, competent care for your horse at all times," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. "Horse owners who can no longer keep their animals have many humane options available to them. Abandoning horses is animal cruelty and cannot be tolerated in Washington state."
Regional Animal Services of King County is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sgt. David Morris at (206) 296-3939.
The HSUS 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.
Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching "HumaneTV" in the App Store.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.