Fwd: Humane Society Inspectors Visit LaFourche Parish Horse Stable

From: Jeff
Sent on: Friday, April 24, 2009 7:30 AM



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News Release:? For April 22, 2009

Contact:? Jeff Dorson, Director, Humane Society of Louisiana [masked])

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Humane Society of Louisiana Issues Warning to Horse Owner:? Horses Malnourished and Need Immediate Care

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(Marydale, LA) - - Acting on several complaints, Jeff Dorson, the Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana,?traveled to Marydale last week with an equine health?specialist to?evaluate several horses belonging to Mr. Robert Ross, a LaFourche?Parish resident.? All three horses belonging to Mr. Ross were found to be underweight, two of them severely.??One horse, a white and brown Paint,?also?had?old injuries to both legs, which had been left untreated.? Two other horses housed at the same stable were underweight as well.? The group has sent warning notices to those owners, asking them to increase?the feed for their horses.? The stable is located on the corner of Hyland and Ridgeway Streets.

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"We spent a lot of time with Mr. Ross, explaining how to better care for his horses.??Frankly, we were shocked at the horses' conditions.? However, Mr. Ross assured us that he would follow all our suggestions, and he has kept in touch with us since our visit, keeping us apprised of his actions. We provided Mr. Ross with a lengthy list of our recommendations, which covered the proper nutrition,?sanitation, and medical needs of his horses.? If Mr. Ross?fails to comply, we will confer with the sheriff's department on our next course of action," says?Dorson.??

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"Unfortunately, we have received?dozens of calls concerning starving horses?this spring.??When?there is a downturn in the economy, people often stop buying pellets?and?hay?for their horses, which leads to a?gradual weight loss to?their horse and herd.?We are getting calls?from around the state on a?regular basis.? Horses?need supplemental feed and regular?veterinary care?in order to thrive.??It takes a lot of time, money, and resources to adequately care for large animals," adds Dorson. "Horses can't just?be put out on a pasture and forgotten about.??Horses require certain feed, supplements, grooming, annual vaccinations, regular health checks and daily care," says Dorson.

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To?help educate the?public and horse owners on the proper care of horses, the Humane Society of?Louisiana and Rescue Ranch, an equine sanctuary and rehabilitation center located in?Plaquemines Parish,?will conduct an upcoming?equine education workshop.? The 1 1/2 hour workshop will take place on Saturday, May?16th, in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, from noon to 1: 30 pm. Workshop registration is $15, which will include refreshments and handouts.? Scholarships?are available.? For more information on the workshop, please call[masked]-humane.? The workshop is open to?all members of the public.?????

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"I personally invited Mr. Ross to attend this workshop. Mr.?Ross?is keen on participating but needs transportation," Dorson says.? If others?are planning to attend this workshop from this area,?please contact?Mr. Dorson?at[masked]-4432.
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