Thursday, March 18, 2010

HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 11 horses and 2 mules near death in Gasconade County

On January 26, 2010, working in cooperation with the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 11 horses and two mules from a property near Rosebud, Missouri. The horses appeared to be severely underweight and had no access to fresh water. Twleve deceased equine also were found on the property.

On February 10, the Humane Society of Missouri received custody of these emaciated horses and neglected mules. . Many had teeth and hoof problems, external parasites and severe rain rot (a skin problem). The cost of their care has already exceeed $10,000. Twelve deceased horses also were found on the property with one carcass in the only available water source.

As of this week, the horses have been treated for internal and external parasite infestations. Their skin conditions are improving but this will be a slow process as they start to grow new healthy hair coats. As they have gained weight and start to feel better, their personalities have started to show, their heads are held higher and their appetites have grown stronger. The stallions will need to gain additional weight before gelding (neuter) them and making them available for adoption. Many of the horses had sharp points and other dental issues which have all been corrected and treated. One of the geldings, Ruger, had a broken tooth that caused a painful and infected pocket in his lower jaw. He has had surgery to have the tooth removed and is recovering.

Some of the equine (horses and mules) that had less weight to gain will soon be available for adoption.
For more information on adopting the animals as they become available visit

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