Stables pulled apart to reach neglected horses

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One of the two paint horses found shut inside a Florida stable.
One of the two paint horses found shut inside a Florida stable.

The South Florida SPCA says two horses are fighting for their lives after being found inside stables that had been nailed shut.

The charity said it had to tear down the stables in order to reach the paint horses on Sunday.

The paint mare has wounds on both hip bones.
The paint mare has wounds on both hip bones.

The SPCA’s director of ranch operations, Laurie Waggoner, said the horses had been left without water.

“The horses were eating wood and their own manure in order to survive.”

The horses, one with large open sores on its side, were found at a boarding facility in Miami Gardens, in northwest Miama-Dade County.

“I’ve been doing this 20 years, and this mare ranks up there with the worst of them when they’re in that kind of condition.

“They usually have about a 50-50 chance of being rehabbed. We have to be very careful, starting out with very small quantities of food,” Waggoner said.

The animals were found by police after acting on an anonymous tip.

No-one was at the property and no arrests have been made.

The SPCA has established a special fund to help with their immediate care. To donate, go to www.crowdrise.com/paintbucket.

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9 thoughts on “Stables pulled apart to reach neglected horses

  • July 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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    Somebody lock this owner up and throw away the key.

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  • July 10, 2013 at 12:49 am
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    As always, thank you to Horse Talk for your excellent reporting. UPDATE: The mare, Susie, is in critical condition. She is on IV fluids and is being monitored 24/7 by South Florida SPCA staff and volunteers. “Susie has an intestinal blockage thought to be caused by eating sand during her months-long deprivation of food,” stated Jeanette Jordan, President/Executive Director, South Florida SPCA. “We will continue to fight for Susie’s life for as long as she has the will and spirit to fight alongside us.”

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  • July 10, 2013 at 3:08 am
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    Mother of God! Obviously whoever did this is INSANE! Lord, please watch over these 2 sweet horses and give them whatever they need to thrive again! Amen.

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  • July 10, 2013 at 3:17 am
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    Why? How can it be possible that a member of the human species is capable of this pernicious behavior?

    To whom it may concern…when you find them I do not want to pay to feed them. Keep my tax money to help the victims. As for the perpetrators…get a rope!

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  • July 10, 2013 at 3:23 am
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    What awful conditions ! And the paint horse shown is still in much better ‘flesh’ than what is working in Egypt.

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  • July 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm
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    do exactly what they did to these horses , to the owners…only gag them first..!!!mother f***ers!!

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  • January 22, 2014 at 6:48 am
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    i can not belive that someone would even think about doing that whoever did this needs to be locked up with out food or water and and forget about life because thiers needs to be ended slowly and painfully

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