November 12, 2010
The HSUS and Anonymous Georgia Donor Offer $7,500 Reward in Butler, Ga., Horse Cruelty Case
Former therapy horse for handicapped children brutally attacked in remote pasture
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 brutally attacking Molly, a 13-year-old quarter horse. An anonymous donor is adding $5,000 to the standard HSUS reward offered to help enforce animal cruelty laws, raising the total reward offered to $7,500
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department gives the following account: On Oct. 4, Molly, a former therapy horse for handicapped children, was found in her pasture in Butler, Ga., suffering from severe lacerations to her head, ear and neck. It appeared as if someone had attempted to sever Molly’s muscles and peel back her skin.
According to Molly's owner at the time of the attack, Bobby Bazemore, Molly and her pasture mate, Cisco, had only recently returned to their pasture, having spent several months on loan to a local riding camp. Bazemore was notified of Molly's injuries by a farm hand, and, upon seeing the mare, immediately called his veterinarian.
Due to the extent of her injuries, Molly was hospitalized for 17 days and she continues to receive rehabilitative care under the guidance of Dr. Charlene Cook of Central Georgia Equine Services.
"Molly's kind and gentle nature is what made us initially bring her into our family and has made her a favorite with the local children," Bazemore said. "I am glad that Molly is on the road to recovery and hope this reward will bring someone forward who knows something."
Cook said, "In my 25 years as a veterinarian, I have never seen an injury like this one. It would have taken a tremendous amount of force and a very sharp instrument to sever those muscles. I would like to know exactly what happened."
She added, "Especially in these trying economic times, many owners faced with an injury like Molly's would opt for euthanasia rather than putting the time and resources into rehabilitation. I commend Molly's owners for making the commitment to her recovery. She's a special horse and continues to be a wonderful patient."
Until Molly's abusers are apprehended, The HSUS is cautioning Georgia horse owners to be vigilant, taking extra precautions to ensure their horses are secure and safe.
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.
“It is unconscionable that someone could so viciously mutilate an innocent animal. The crime is an especially cruel fate for an animal who served children in need,” said Stacy Segal, equine protection specialist for The HSUS’ Animal Cruelty Campaign. “We are so grateful to the anonymous donor who stepped up to provide Molly's continued care and add to the reward. We hope it will help bring Molly’s abusers to justice.”
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 478-862-5444.
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