Following a week of free training provided to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies last month, the Humane Society of the United States was contacted by Blaine County Sheriff’s Department to provide guidance and support for the rescue of six horses and 22 cattle from two properties in Blaine County, Oklahoma.

On April 4, officers with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department who participated in the training served a search and seizure warrant on these properties and found numerous deceased animals, as well as other animals in deplorable conditions. The 28 horses and cattle have been removed from the property by Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, an HSUS Safe Stalls partner, pending the final disposition of this case.

The owner of the two properties has one previous animal cruelty conviction, a court-ordered ban on animals and a warrant out for her arrest.

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma senior state director of the HSUS said: “It’s gratifying to know the recent law enforcement training provided by the HSUS was helpful to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department in this case. We are also pleased to provide financial assistance to Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, which has been an outstanding local partner to the HSUS and to law enforcement throughout the state. This case is a great example of teamwork and collaboration to enforce Oklahoma’s animal cruelty law.”

Natalee Cross, director of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue said: “We have witnessed 16 years’ worth of horrid living conditions of horses but to witness the living conditions of these cattle and the pure numbers of those who died an agonizing death all over that property probably makes this one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I have witnessed in a while. Cattle are hardy animals and always worth something. Allowing more than 25 cows to starve and die is just malicious! Thankfully, we were able to remove 22 cows and 6 horses! Several of the cows are very weak and many due to calve anytime. We hope that we intervened in time to make a difference and save these lives.”

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue has safely transported the animals to an undisclosed location, where the animals will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.

The Safe Stalls program is a nationwide network of horse rescues, professionals and enthusiasts who provide emergency care and shelter for horses in cruelty or natural disaster situations. The HSUS administers Safe Stalls to address the critical needs of horses nationwide.

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