“Emotional Rollercoaster”: Equestrian Community in Mourning as Nearly 30 Horses Encounter Heartbreaking Misfortune

Published 10/09/2023, 1:20 PM EDT

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Animal cruelty has been an increasing concern amongst the equestrian community. While the authorities tackle the fatalities of racehorses on the ground, the horses off the radar become harder to track. The working creatures with no declared authorization often succumb to negligence. Be it accidents or hard labor, the cases don’t cease to exist.

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According to reports put forth by Impactful Ninja, there have been around 100,000 pet horse abuse and negligence recorded across the country. And adding to the numbers, a city in Alabama has recently stood witness to an incident unimaginable. The pouring reports have emerged to shed light on the horrific case involving horses alongside numerous dogs.

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Equestrian community encounters horrific details

On the 2nd of October, Colbert County in Tuscumbia reported a case of animal mistreatment at a 63-year-old woman’s house. The County sheriffs who arrived at the house reported that the residence was in hostile conditions for the animals. Upon investigation, the authorities found 29 horses dead and 40 dogs in unkind conditions.

“There’s really not one particular way to describe it. It’s an emotional rollercoaster,” said animal control officer Jessica Hogan, reported Mountain News. The authorities further stated that there was not much left to determine the cause of the death of the horses. However, visible conditions have speculated malnourishment for an answer.

The county office received an immediate response from the Colbert County Animal Shelter and took action to remove 20 more horses that were found alive alongside the dogs. The animals were living in “just really bad conditions.” The disturbing details of the case further warranted stricter action and prompted a necessary response from the community.

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The aftermath of the rescue operation

The County sheriff’s office took charge of the case and initially arrested the 63-year-old resident, Debra Catledge. Debra faces a total of 15 charges of animal cruelty and one for obstructing government operations. As authorities processed Debra’s arrest, the community rallied to provide assistance. Residents collaborated to find suitable homes for all the dogs rescued from the property.

“We’ve had rescue come in. We’re going to have dogs going to rescues in Nashville and in Kentucky, and they’ll stay there pending the court’s decision on these animals,” Speegle said. As for the horses, the shelter worked closely to invite any kind of donation to feel and care for the magnificent creatures.

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Apart from local shelters, several horse charities, such as EQUUS Foundation, SPANA, and World Horse Welfare, are dedicated to the welfare of these animals. These organizations work tirelessly to rescue and care for neglected and abused horses. While there may not be a definitive solution to the mistreatment of horses, there is certainly room for increased contributions from enthusiasts throughout the community.

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Shivatmika Manvi

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Shivatmika Manvi is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having recently attained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shivatmika aims to tread her way forward into journalism. Further, the writer’s eager enthusiasm toward the world of track and field stems from her family’s loyal viewership of the Olympics, and years later, her passion continues/stands.
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