It is almost Christmas, and the end of the year, and USERL is working hard to assist horses in need. The down economy and the unseasonable weather in the southern regions of the United States have warranted many critical needs for horses!
On December 2nd, North Carolina Randolph County Animal Control Services seized 3 horses following months of investigation and education, from a Sophia NC resident, Martha Montgomery. The horses were in poor weight condition, having deteriorated over the past several months. USERL was asked to house a stallion who was kept in an unsanitary stall, underweight and with marked hoof overgrowth, deterioration and painful infection.
A veterinarian and farrier team worked on the stallion's hooves prior to transporting him to USERL due to his difficulty in walking/balancing during transportation. The stallion was then transported to the USERL - NC Triangle Region for rehabilitation. His hooves are infected from severe thrush, with the entire hoof frog eaten away, deep sulcus thrush in his heel bulbs and painful ulcerations in the soles of his hooves. Treatments of Epsom salt baths for the ulcerations, towel drying and a topical antibiotic/antifungal solution are helping with the pain, and with the healing.The owner has been formerly charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty (14-360A) for the other two horses sheltered at HERO's, and one count Class H Felony (14-360B) for the stallion in the USERL Horse Program. The felony is being charged under the new “Suzy’s Law” in North Carolina passed on June 24, 2010, which increases the penalty for intentional cruel treatment to animals from a Class I Felony to a Class H Felony. The new law came into effect December 1, 2010.
With tougher penalties for intentional cruelty to animals in North Carolina, the needs of the counties USERL serves increases. Without proper facilities to care for the horses, the counties cannot pursue cruelty cases when needed to protect the animals. Thanks to your donations, this stallion was able to come into the USERL Horse Program and get immediate treatment for the painful infection in his hooves, and nutrition to regain his health. Go to our website for updates on his condition and court case. And view our commerative USERL Christmas Video showing just a few examples of horses helped through our program, many of which were assisted through this project!
USERL wishes all our supporters a Merry Christmas and a Blessed year in the coming 2011!
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