Thirteen Neglected Animals Rescued September 2
We got the word on September 2, 2012 that the Farmington Police needed our help in the rescue of ‘several’ animals, including horses. This is the call that we never want to receive but which comes with far too much regularity. This time our Cruelty Investigator, Steve Sprowl, and members of the staff and volunteer ranks assisted the Animal Control Officer in Farmington in seizing five horses, one pony, one mini-horse, two goats, two dogs and two chickens.
Each animal seized, and now placed into protective custody here at the NHSPCA, is suffering the ravages of malnutrition and neglect. The horses, a stallion, a gelding and three mares, are visibly emaciated with hip bones, ribs and spine protruding under their dull coats. Three of them are barely able to stand and are among the worst cases staff members have ever seen. Making the case even more tragic is that we have had two of the horses on our property before, under similar circumstances, but they were ordered back to their owner by the court.
Although the animals are now in good hands they will require a great deal of veterinary care, weight gain, farrier services and time to recuperate. We must carefully reintroduce nutrition and monitor them constantly. With fall and winter approaching, the timing could not be worse for taking in large farm animals. The shelter is already bursting with cats and dogs. Hay prices are high and medical care is expensive, our resources will be stretched very thin. “We are always humbled and grateful for the generous support of our community,” said Lisa Dennison, Executive Director. “We are asking for their support for these animals and we know that we can count on them to respond.”
The New Hampshire SPCA is asking the community for their support in caring for these thirteen rescued animals. Individuals and companies wishing to help can make a tax deductible contribution, directing it to the SOS Fund and can be made via the web site at www.nhspca.org, by phone at (603) 772-2921, x106 or by mail to SOS Fund, PO Box 196, Stratham NH 03885.