Target: Gallatin County Undersheriff Dan Springer
Goal: Demand justice for the stud horse neglected and abused to the point that he had to be humanely euthanized.
Kountz Arena, an equine facility, has been accused of animal abuse after photos of a horse with a missing hoof and a calf with a broken neck surfaced onto social media. The horse, named Young Doc Bar, was found by visitor Kristie Townsend, who said that she saw him lying on his side on his own excrement in a stall. She then learned that Young Doc Bar had been injured about four months prior.
On her Facebook page, Townsend says that the animals’ poor conditions were the “most horrific thing [she has] ever witnessed” and had called the local sheriff. The sheriff made a call to the vet, who felt that there was no alternative but to euthanize both the horse and calf because it was too cruel for them to continue to suffer.
Townsend goes further with the gruesome details of what she witnessed during her visit to the Kountz Arena, stating, “When [Young Doc Bar] got up, he was covered in bloody, oozing bed sore and lying in his own waste. No bedding absorbed the [urine]. His other feet were so overgrown. It was just sick.” She had taken pictures of both of the animals, uploaded them onto her social media in order to draw immediate attention to their plight, and hoped the animals would be euthanized as soon as possible to end their miseries.
A member of the Kountz family reached out to Townsend on Facebook, pleading with her not to jump to conclusions before knowing the backstory and saying that both animals have already been put down. The family member also said that Young Doc Bar had gotten injured four months ago but his foot fell off only a month ago. However, there is no explanation for the horse’s horrendous living conditions or why he was not given immediate veterinarian care.
Townsend wants to make sure that no other animals at the Kountz Arena will undergo the same amount of suffering as Young Doc Bar in the future. Please sign this petition to urge the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office to thoroughly investigate this case and ensure that Young Doc Bar is given the justice he deserves for the neglect he had to endure.
Dear Dan Springer,
A horse named Young Doc Bar was found in Kountz Arena lying in his own excrement, covered in bloody sores, and missing a hoof. A young calf with a broken neck was also found lying in its stall. Kristie Townsend, a horse show patron who happened to visit the equine facility, managed to take photographic evidence of both injured animals and uploaded the pictures onto her social media to garner attention onto this case.
A veterinarian had advised that the animals needed to be euthanized to spare them from their suffering. However, Young Doc Bar and the calf should have been given basic veterinarian care much sooner. There is absolutely no reason for a horse to be lying in his own excrement, and the bloody sores on his body suggest that he had been neglected for an extremely long period of time.
I am urging you to investigate Young Doc Bar and the calf’s case as thoroughly as possible. If guilty, the Kountz family need to be held accountable for their crimes and punished. Please give these animals the justice they deserve. Don’t let their suffering be in vain.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: William Murphy via Flickr