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Sheriff's Department Calls for Abused Horse Assist

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Rescuing Starved HorsesWe were asked to assist the Sheriff's Department of Mahoning County in the removal and transportation of 16 horses from a farm. We arrived along with some friends with another trailer and FSF board members Mike and Stephanie Barnhart to a horrible sight of inhumanity. The horses stood in 18 inches of manure ( or more ), and had no water or food available to them.


They would drink their own urine, as the water that a few of them had was stagnant and filthy. The barn was dark inside with very little light filtering through cracks in the barn siding for these abused horses. Two of the horses had to be euthanized immediately. The remaining 14 were taken to foster homes while charges were placed against the owner. FSF fostered a stallion and a mare while the Barnharts fostered another mare.


Here are few pictures of the "healthier" horses. Because of legal reasons we were not allowed to photograph the facility they were in but took some photos as they were exiting our trailer to be rehabilitated at our place. Some of the abused horses had to be manually lifted onto our trailers ...


Neglected Horse HoovesIf you can imagine a full grown horse so skinny that Rob and one other man could lift it up and put it on the trailer then you can understand why two had to be euthanized. After months of care and feeding, medicine, and ferrier care, the owner was charged and fined. Unfortunately, along with the fine, the owner was forced to pay a small amount of restitution to all foster homes and then was awarded the horses back!



Cracked Broken Hooves From NeglectThe owner contacted us personally and asked us to testify in court about two of his abused horses that had been euthanized, and in return he would let us keep the two we sponsored. He also informed us that if we did not comply, all of the horses would be auctioned off to be sent for slaughter in Mexico. This was now a case where we had to turn our heads and realize the situation was sadly out of our hands.



Cracked Broken Hooves From NeglectThere was no way we would go to court and say good things about this man and speak bad upon those who helped end an era of pain for the horses. What was done was necessary and the only comfort we can find in it now is that the horses are no longer suffering.

Karrin Campf

President and Sanctuary Director

Karrin's love of animals blossomed at an early age bringing any animal home that she could sneak past her parent's watchful eyes. Cats, kittens, bunnies...lead to dogs and now camels and elk. It was her good luck when she met Rob who had an equal passion for all animals, especially the "underdogs". The two of them have proudly stood side by side for a quarter of a century...dedicated to the animals that mean so much.

Together they have adopted three children from other parts of the world and have enjoyed teaching their children about animals and educating them about their proper care.

Website: www.foreversafefarm.org

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