Target: Teresa Landon, Ohio SPCA Executive Director
Goal: Seek the maximum penalty for person accused of starving eight horses, resulting in the death of one.
Eight starving and severely emaciated horses were recently found on a ranch. While rescue staff were sent to remove the horses from the property with a warrant, they were only able to remove seven of them. The eighth horse was already dead, likely of starvation, at the time rescue staff arrived. The remaining horses were sent to an undisclosed location to receive veterinary care. The owner is now facing animal cruelty charges.
The horses were being kept in poor conditions without adequate food or water, according to rescuers. Veterinarians said that the horses showed a severe lack of both fat and muscle. All of the animals garnered low scores on the Henneke horse body condition scoring system, a standardized system used across the horse breeding industry to assess the physical health of horses.
These horses could take months, if not years, to rehabilitate. It will cost the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) thousands of dollars to get the horses into healthy condition again.
According to SPCA staff, there seemed to be no other reason for the emaciation other than lack of nutrition. It seems that the horses’ owner, a breeder reportedly experienced with horses, should have been aware of the poor condition of the animals. The fact that the owner allegedly allowed the horses to languish and die instead of surrendering them to a rescue suggests willful negligence. Sign the petition below to demand the maximum penalty for this horse owner if she is found guilty.
Dear Mrs. Landon,
Eight starving and emaciated horses were recently found on an Ohio ranch. Rescue staff were only able to save seven of them — the eighth horse was already dead at the time investigators arrived. The animals that remained alive had little or no muscle or body fat, and all received low ratings on the Henneke horse body condition scoring system.
Rescuers and veterinarians say that there appeared to be no reason for the emaciation other than lack of nutrition. This suggests willful neglect on the part of the owner, who is reportedly a breeder well-experienced in horse care. We, the undersigned, ask that you seek the maximum possible punishment for the owner of these horses.
[Your Name Here]
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