June 11, 2007

A horse rescue operation in Colorado successfully negotiated the purchase of 32 horses left at Cavel International's slaughter plant when Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich signed legislation to immediately ban horse slaughter in the state late last month.

Horses remaining at the plant when it closed were slated for shipment to either Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

The horses were bought by Front Range Equine Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit horse rescue.

Two of the rescued horses were humanely euthanized as their pre-existing conditions left both horses in extreme pain and were untreatable. One mare was severely crippled with arthritis and barely able to walk; another gelding had laminitis so progressed the coffin bone was rotating through the hoof. Assessments are being made on each of the remaining horses. Unfortunately it is believed that at least two more horses will require humane euthanasia as well.

The rescued horses were moved last week to four locations where they will be quarantined for about three weeks. The horses will be monitored for contagious illnesses such as strangles or upper respiratory infections which can happen due to the stress and exposure to unhealthy conditions during their ordeal.