The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Tapped to Rescue 12 Horses from Herd of 51
by Beverly Jones
Palm City, FL — The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) will be receiving 12 horses later today at their facility at 6400 W. Martin Highway in Palm City. Denise LeClair-Robbins, board president, noted that ERAF is pleased to be able to offer a home for the “Union 12”.
“ We already have about 50 so this will really stretch our resources but when the ASPCA called there was no question we would provide assistance. Saving horses is our mission and our team is fully dedicated to doing just that, “ Denise said.
The horses are Paso Finos, which are particularly desirable for their smooth gait and make ideal trail riding horses. The will be available for adoption once they have been rehabilitated thoroughly.
The horses were rescued on October 25 in Lake Butler, FL, outside of Gainesville. Please read the original press release from the ASPCA contained in release.
Donations are needed to help offset the additional costs associated with an intake of this size of horses who will have special dietary requirements and medical needs. The public is asked to visit the website at www.eraf.org to donate and learn more about the nonprofit organization.
Original Press Release.
ASPCA Assists Union County Sheriff’s Office in Equine Cruelty Case
Lake Butler, Fla.—At the request of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) assisted with evidence collection and the removal of 51 horses suffering from various states of neglect on a 40-acre property near Lake Butler, Fla., approximately 30 miles north of Gainesville.
On October 25, investigators discovered horses living in inadequate conditions and exhibiting signs of neglect. Remains of deceased horses were also found on the property, and others suffering from various medical issues that required immediate treatment.
“From the moment we stepped foot on the property, it was evident that immediate intervention was needed for these animals,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Our goal is to provide these animals with much-needed care and seek suitable placement options with our network of equine rescues as we continue to help local law enforcement with the case. This is truly a collaborative effort between law enforcement and animal welfare groups coming together to send a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in the community.”
The ASPCA transported the majority of the horses from the property to an equine hospital where ASPCA forensic and equine veterinarians are conducting exams and providing daily care until they can be responsibly placed with Florida-based equine rescues.
Animal cruelty charges are pending based on evidence collected by ASPCA experts in support of the investigation. Additionally, the ASPCA Legal Advocacy department is providing assistance to ensure the best legal outcome for these animals.
The ASPCA is focused on ensuring horses nationwide have good welfare, which includes working to help at-risk horses safely transition to new careers and homes, increase safety net support for horse owners, and enhance anti-cruelty efforts. Additionally, the ASPCA supports humane legislation and advocacy to improve equine welfare, provides targeted grants, and rescues horses impacted by disasters and in cruelty cases. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org/equinewelfare.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services.
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