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    Exclamation Smuggled horses in West Texas found to be diseased

    U.S. Border Patrol agents recently seized 10 adult horses and four yearlings as they attempted to enter Texas illegally by walking across the Rio Grande River near Indian Hot Springs, in southern Hudspeth county, south of El Paso. The animals were turned over to the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Service (USDA/APHIS/VS) officials, who tested the horses in Presidio, Texas for a number of disease conditions that are considered foreign to the U.S.

    Complete Article : http://desiroushorse.blogspot.com/20...-found-to.html



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    That's a link to a blog post that copied information without giving due credit to its author, not an article.

    This is the actual news release from TAHC wherein they describe the seized adult horses as being positive for Prioplasmosis.
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    The disease is piroplasmosis, a tick borne disease. Piro is going to be a huge problem with the Rio Olympics in 2016 for equestrian sports. The riders at the Rio Pan Am Games had to agree to leave the horses behind if they tested positive for piro before being sent home.

    There have been a number of piro outbreaks in the US in the past ten years or so. A number of horses in Florida were infected; and there were some QHs in Missouri that were actually stolen from quarantine. And I think they found piro at the Lone Star racetrack last year, but I might be misremembering.

    It's no wonder that the horses in the press release were smuggled as they would not have been allowed in the US with piro. What does surprise me is that TB breeders would connive with smugglers to bring piro diseased breeding stock from Mexico.
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    U.S. Border Patrol agents recently seized 10 adult horses and four yearlings as they attempted to enter Texas illegally by walking across the Rio Grande River near Indian Hot Springs, in southern Hudspeth county, south of El Paso.
    Well I certainly hope that those horses were arrested and charged with ntering the US without their green cards.
    sorry, it is a serious thing, but the way it was worded was funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty Stiller View Post
    Well I certainly hope that those horses were arrested and charged with ntering the US without their green cards.
    sorry, it is a serious thing, but the way it was worded was funny.
    New group of illegal aliens? (Patti -- I thought the same thing. "What? Horses attempting to cross the border illegally? ... *LOL*)

    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_hea...piroplasmosis/
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    Quote Originally Posted by caballus View Post
    New group of illegal aliens? (Patti -- I thought the same thing. "What? Horses attempting to cross the border illegally? ... *LOL*)

    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_hea...piroplasmosis/
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    At least they did not add smuggling to their rap sheet.

    Not having the faintest idea what piro is or does to a horse, that is a massive amounts of horses to be brought over. It's not like we are hurting for horses here...
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