News Excessive Horse
posted by June 21 at 12:05 PMon
Posted by news intern Chris Kissel
A month ago, John and Jenny Edwards, contributers to Charles Mudede’s horse-sex anti-documentary “Zoo” and the “horse rescuers” in charge of a non profit called Hope for Horses, sent Charles a frantic e-mail. They said an incident that occurred down in Pierce County was starting to seriously interfere with their ability to take care of neglected horses. In fact, John said he “expect(ed) long trenches filled with dead horses by the end of the summer.”
It all started back in January when officials investigated frequent complaints from neighbors in rural Pierce County regarding 15 horses in a nearby pasture. The woman who owned the pasture was apparently was buying up horses in order to breed them, then neglecting them to stumble around underfed and injured in her yard, the Edwardses say.
Here’s video taken of the injured horses by concerned neighbors (you might want to put down that hot dog).
A veterinarian, among others, showed up at the pasture on December 31 to see what was going on with the horses. Because Hope for Horses, which usually adopts horses in these situations, was dealing with another emergency, the vet recommended that the two injured horses be given to one of the neighbors. Later, Hope for Horses, working with Pierce County, came in for the rest of the horses. When the county demanded that all horses be returned to HFH, the problems began, the Edwardses say.
The neighbor who claimed the first two horses had become attached to them and didn’t want to give them back. She eventually got to keep them, despite the fact that her case for keeping them, according to the Edwardses, had no legal grounding. Additionally, the fallout from the disagreement, including this article, caused the horse rescuers to lose many of their donations and has given them something of a bad reputation in the area.
The furor may have died down somewhat, but John Edwards is still livid. “We’re just here trying to do the county a favor,” he said. “If they don’t want us to do it, that’s fine.” Meanwhile, Jenny said Donna Gale, the woman who owned the pasture filled with the neglected horses, is now facing charges of drug trafficking in Pierce County. The neighbor couldn’t be reached for comment.
You can pick up your hot dog now.