Farm Stories (10)
A little background information on some of the animals at the Forever Safe Farm.
We 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 ...
The two coati mundi that we have were from a person in Arkansas that wanted to de-claw them but did not want to pay a vet to do it so she took a pair of metal side-cutters and cut off all of their first knuckles. Surprisingly enough, they did not bleed to death but became extremely infected.
We are not sure how she got our number but she called and asked for help. She found a volunteer to drive them 8 hours to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport where they were flown immediately by Continental Airlines (thanks Continental!!) to the Cleveland Airport. We picked them up there and took them straight to the vet from the Akron Zoo.
At this point neither coatimundi had a hair one on them, as their skin was inflamed, red with infection. He put them in oxygen incubators and started antibiotics. Next they took one of their healthy coatimundi from the Akron Zoo and drew bone marrow from it and injected the two sick coatimundi.
Mongo came to us by word of mouth of a camel left on a livestock trailer for 9 days in the sweltering Georgia heat. No food. No water. Just a lonely, scared and scarred creature waiting for a break from humans and inhumanity. We were informed of him by some people in Arkansas that had helped us save the two coatimundi.
Karrin immediately got on the phone and contacted the so called owner of this camel. She told him we were aware of the circumstances and it was in his and the camels best interest to send him to our farm. He told us that the camel was a rare Bactrian ( 2 hump ) and he wanted $15,000 for him. She informed him of the laws against such animal cruelty and we would be willing to pay for transportation to our farm only. She told him it did not matter how many humps he has, if it starves to death it was worth nothing to him but possibly some jail time ...