The sad thing is that horses have been in bad shape on this farm for over a year, and the sheriff would not do anything about it. Also, whoever is running the farm (supposedly it's the son of the owner who is now in poor health), has absolutely absolutely refused until very recently to surrender any horses. If a rescue organization is offering to take horses off your hand, horses which you either cannot or do not want to feed, then for f*ck's sake, turn them over. Don't allow them to just keep starving to death. I'm afraid to think how many horses died in the last year while authorities turned a blind eye.
I believe the son should have some of those pictures added to his Facebook page so his friends can weigh in on what kind of person he is. Absolutely disgusting that LE tried to ignore this... Hope the media helps out on this one.
There a link to this thread over on the SHB forum -- In the 209 page thread (over 600,000 views) about horse neglect at Jill Burnells' Gray Fox Farm in Marin Country, Ca.
Both cases are heartbreaking. The Jill Burnell case perhaps more so since she has been breeding, buying and selling horses in the hunter breeding world (often to COTH'ers) for years. No one wanted to believe stories of neglect on her farm, but the manure has finally hit the fan and she has had several horses with body scores of 2 taken away (including Aloha, one of her stallions who was in a fight with another stallion and had very serious injuries which had not been attended to). Evidently the rest of the horses on her farm have body scores of only 3, but that is not sufficient to allow the Marin Humane Society to take them
Neglect happens everywhere. But it is especially disheartening when it hits so close to home.
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I don't know WTF is going on in LA., but a "racing friend" and I used to joke that every one in La., who had even one TB mare also had their own stallion. I doubt if that is not too far from the truth.
I boarded a mare on lay up for a couple of months, and then the owner called to say he'd sold her as a broodmare and ask if I would deliver her. When I talked to the new owner (he's in TX) I ask who he was going to breed to, and he said, "oh, I have my own stallion in La." Maybe I should go check on her
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No one wanted to believe stories of neglect on her farm, but the manure has finally hit the fan and she has had several horses with body scores of 2 taken away (including Aloha, one of her stallions who was in a fight with another stallion and had very serious injuries which had not been attended to).
Hum, where did you see that Aloha was taken away with a body score of 2? Yes, he got into a fight with another stallion, Romantic Star, and this is the stallion who was seized because of his non treated injuries. His BCS has never been confirmed.
Aloha and RW were apparently moved off the farm to keep them off the mud (hum, hum, hum). Where are they hiding?
If the names of the law enforcement personnel who explicitly refused to act were posted, that would be a good thing. (if the poster has direct knowledge of the interaction, it is not actionable as libel).
Out the bad actors, especially those who are supposed to be public servants and are on the public payroll. Always, early, loudly, and often. If people were convinced and aware that this kind of behavior would always come to light, maybe they would be less crooked.
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No, it's not libel to say that the sheriff knew about this for over a year. A deputy admits this in this story. Draw your own conclusions from the story as to whether the sheriff's office really gives a rat's ass about the situation.