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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Let me tell you a story. A sad story. About a horse.

Letter to the editor

Let me tell you a story. A sad story. About a horse. He was a champion. He won ribbons. He was beautiful. He had perfect hooves. He was a good boy. Tall with a kind eye. It doesn't matter. Even if this horse had been the meanest, ugliest horse on Earth, he didn't deserve the life he lived at the hands of his owner. He lived in Potter County. He was removed from the owner's property and fostered for several months when concerned citizens saw how he was being neglected. He had his teeth taken care of by an equine dentist, he was given weight builders, all the food and water he wanted. He was provided with shelter. He improved immensely. He looked like a different horse. He was kind and gentle, even when he was not taken care of by the owner. A child could ride him. Then, the owner took him back. It was downhill for the horse from that point on.

In December of this year, the horse was seen in the owner's yard, appearing to be dying. His mouth was open, his teeth were showing, he was lying flat out. I called Potter County Animal Assistance Program and was given a phone number for the animal cruelty officer, affiliated with the PA SPCA. The officer called the owner. The owner said said he put the horse in the barn and a vet would come to examine him.

This past weekend, approximately 3 weeks from the time the horse was lying in the owner's yard, the horse was seen seen by another concerned citizen, in the owner's pasture, skin on bones, with no visible food, water or shelter. He was covered in mud, enough to believe he had been stuck in mud. The concerned citizen was shocked to see that he was breathing. The horse tried to raise his head. He tried to nicker. He recognized the person who had given him water many times when he had none.

I called the cruelty officer again on December 30. He was going to check on the horse that day. I also went to look for the horse. I wanted to take his picture. I wanted all of you to see how this beautiful, magnificent animal had been reduced to nothing. I wanted you to see the glazed look in his eyes, pleading for help. I wanted you to see every rib on his starving body, his spine, his hip bones, the skin hanging off his bones. I wanted you to see his bald spots and sores. Picture it. A shell of a horse. A skeleton. He was nowhere to be found. Was he dragged by a tractor, to the woods to be eaten by Coyotes? He wouldn't be the first. Was he dragged to the filthy barn to die? Or was he left outside to freeze to death? Was he still living? Was he left alone to be eaten alive by Coyotes? A living, breathing, helpless horse. One of God's creatures left to die. And why? Why would someone do this to a defenseless animal? This is not the first incident of animal abuse at this residence.

There are people in power at the state level who can stop this abuse. Pennsylvania has few laws regarding animal rights. Authorities are enabling this person, as well as many others, to abuse, neglect and mistreat animals.

Why did this horse suffer for months when call after call was made to the authorities? There are countless other animals at the mercy of this horrible, despicable excuse of a human. Which one will be the next to meet this heinous fate? I pray to God that this once proud and beautiful horse is finally at peace and running free.

Cheryl Brown

24 comments :

Anonymous said...

I agree you that it is a hanus fate but I would like to hear the owners' side of the story and the authorities' side of the story. This is too incomplete to be helpful. Many of us would want to help. If the owner was as feckless as it appears then there have to be consequentials for him. This is not over yet.

Anonymous said...

How about putting a name to the owner so we all know him and can watch him?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your time ....Hopefully,someone,somewhere will pay attention!

Anonymous said...

Who is the owner and where is the farm located?

Anonymous said...

The problem is, like the first commenter here said, I do no know what to do because this is full of generalities and no information that we can act on. The rules are that you need to report who, what, when, where, why and how in order to inform people of things. All I know is it was hanus that this happened but the other questions are not answered. Can the writer of this supply more information?

Anonymous said...

I had tried to get help for a horse, called state police, local police, vet, SPCA nobody seemed too interested in doing anything because who this person was. I finally got some justice for this horse by phoning the local newspaper, in Coudersport, and the Township Supervisor where this person lived. I agree we need to hear both sides of the story, but seems to me if this person had the animal taken away due to bad conditions, they should never have had the opportunity to do this again.

Anonymous said...

3:19 "heinous" nor "hanus"

Lynne Leonard said...

To all the anonymous people, Ms. Brown did report who, where, when, what, to the authorities and it has done no good. As far as why the person is doing this, ask them.

Lynne Leonard

Cheryl Brown said...

I did report who, when, what & where to the authorities, to no avail, or the horse would have been taken from the owner in December. Others reported the abuse, also, but it did no good.
Cheryl Brown

Anonymous said...

Okay, so who owns this horse?
Who did what? I would like to ask the trooper or animal control officer or whoever if I had a name.
And how about learning how to spell, as the word is not spelled hanus but is heinus.

Anonymous said...

It is unconsivable that law enforcement officers did nothing to help take this animal. The horse should have never been let go back to the owner to suffer like he did. I also years ago reported a person in for the neglect of his horses and nothing was ever done. They had no proper housing, food or fresh water. One of them had died and left for the buzzards to eat. It was just so discusting and nothing was done because of who the man was.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, animals like this horse are neglected by owners as well as, in many circumstances, the system that is supposed to protect them. I am outraged that sensible people will stand for this abuse in plain sight regardless of the owner's status in the community. In fact, a person who abuses an animal is a lowlife and undeserving of any status excepting a picture with a number under it posted prominently in the community. Stop this person NOW.

Anonymous said...

6:17PM Post -- Ask WHO?????? Pay attention huh!!!!

Anonymous said...

We need details. I do not want to sell this person any animals!

Anonymous said...

I want to know WHY this animal was given back to the owner if there were previous issues?? Also, I think the cruelty office should have to give a public report as to WHY nothing was done to help this innocent animal? People that abuse animals should have the word "SCUM" tattooed on their fore head for the world to see!!

Anonymous said...

How about giving some credit to the one person who tried to help this poor horse instead of complaining about their spelling I do not think spelling has any thing to do with the fact that this horse is dead because the owner was to lazy to take care of their animal. That's crap just saying!!

Denise - Limestone NY said...

I read the article and read all the comments.

First and foremost, I commend Ms. Brown for all the help she tried to get for this poor animal. WE are the voices for abused & neglected animals.

I can only imagine how upsetting it was that all of her appeals to help this animal fell upon "deaf" ears.

The bottom line is that the "system" failed to protect this horse.

The horse should never have been permitted to go back to its owners - no matter WHO the owner is - no matter WHAT status the owner has in the community. And they should never be allowed to own animals again.

Our communities and our country places its focus on protecting dogs & cats (which is think is wonderful - I am a major dog liver)! However, larger animals, such as horses, need the same protection and the same efforts that we place on protecting cats and dogs.

Thank you, Miss Brown, for bringing this disheartening situation to our attention. And thank you for all your attempts in trying to protect one of God's creations.

I hope & pray that the neglect & abuse of this animal leads the way to helping protect other abused & neglected horses and all other animals.

Anonymous said...

I've witnessed a similar case. I too, called everyone I could think of to assist but it was all in vain. My daughter and I felt so horrible for this particular horse that we took things one step further. Everyday we took that horse hay and water. We couldn't stand by and watch that precious animal die from neglect. Unfortunately the people who had the horse moved away...taking the horse with them. My point being is if the authorities won't step up, then isn't it our duty as human beings to do something. If you were really so concerned why didn't you give that horse some hay and water?

Anonymous said...

So now we're going to blame the woman who reported it for not doing enough????!
Maybe she believed in the system and wanted to do the right thing without breaking the law or getting shot at by a crazy hick for tresspassin'

Anonymous said...

I'm with 0624. When you see that the "system" isn't doing anything, sometimes you have to find a way to do something yourself instead of assuming the 'authorities" are gonna respond the way you want them too. Maybe it's taking pix and giving them to the newspaper or the tv station - but u can't just stand back and expect somebody else to do things, especially when you see they are doing nothing! Or just keep calling those "authorities" - persistence does pay off!

Anonymous said...

How has no one blamed penndot yet?

Anonymous said...

Well if Penndot had made a better road to get to the farm, someone might have been able to feed it. You happy now!

Anonymous said...

Instead of negative comments, how about thinking of ways to have an SPCA in Potter County. There is one cruelty Officer for many counties in our part of the state. I know, it would take lots of $$$ and lots of volunteer time, but it is something to think about. What do you say, people? It needs to start somewhere.

Joyanna Landes said...

This might seem like a ridiculous question to some of you, but I previously attended camp at this farm and wondered if anyone knew which horse it was. I already know who these people are. Just wondered which horse, since they have many that are willing and kind.