Horses unloaded from trailer, shot

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Map showing location of Ferndale, in Humboldt county, California.
Map showing location of Ferndale, in Humboldt county, California.

Police are investigating after two horses were unloaded from a trailer and shot near Ferndale, in California.

The local sheriff’s office is investigating, as is the California Department of Fish and Game as the shootings occurred on public land.

The animals are believed to have died on Wednesday night, around the time a white dually pickup truck with a white, two-horse trailer was seen in the area.

Police believe the vehicle may have come from the Rio Dell area.

The dead animals were young chestnut geldings and appeared to have been well cared for.

The Times-Standard reports that the animals were killed within sight of the home of Shannon Miranda, founder of a Fortuna-based animal rescue organization, Miranda’s Rescue.

He said he was extremely upset that someone would shoot the animals.

“This is no different than murdering someone. They left them there like garbage.”

He urged people to find new homes for animals rather than kill them. Miranda’s Rescue accepted large animals such as horses and adopted them out to new homes, he said.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Horses unloaded from trailer, shot

  • April 1, 2012 at 10:16 am
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    Dirty f**king BASTARDS!! This country need to HAVE and UPHOLD strict animal abuse/cruelty laws. Whoever did this needs a LONG stint in prison.

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  • April 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm
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    Being as the horses were shot and left in sight of a rescue, it could be that the rescue had been asked to take the horses and couldn’t. I think it’s just horrible that the horses were killed but at least they weren’t sent to slaughter or left to starve to death. They might have tried to rehome the horses and were unable to fine anyone to care for them. If they were totally heartless they would have sent the horses to slaughter. Hopefully they weren’t stolen and shot out of spite.

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  • April 2, 2012 at 7:26 am
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    Better that than letting them starve, releasing them to die a slow death or go to slaughter. At least they met a quick end to their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes even rescues won’t take horses because they are full. It seems drastic and horrible but trust me – it’s not. Many horse owners try to find homes for their horses that they cannot afford anymore and will chose to put them down rather than putting them to auction.

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  • April 5, 2012 at 4:44 am
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    Better than a terrifying truck ride to Mexico, only to be butchered.

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  • September 25, 2012 at 6:14 am
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    There is no excuse for this…if the owner was desperate, he or she could have found some place for two young horses other than shooting them. There is always a solution to a problem if you are willing to try hard enough.

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