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"Devorah Aikman"-TB rescue- arrested on Animal Cruelty

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  • "Devorah Aikman"-TB rescue- arrested on Animal Cruelty

    for those who have a Facebook page, you just might be "friends" with her on facebook. her name is "Devorah aikman" and she is from stephenville, TX. She is known for taking in some nice, nice TB's off the track for TB retirement/adoption.

    She has three facebook pages:

    Devorah aikman
    Dominion Racing Stable
    dominion TB retirement

    She is pulling the Paragallo excuse that her "help" or "employees" starved the horses. 2 horses, that i know of, are currently being retained by authorities and (according to ABR) are in danger of being sent to a slaughter auction if they decide not to give them back to her. The 9 others with given back to her...for now.

    According to the article she said she had purchased 12 bags of concentrated horse feed and 1 bale of hay for them....a bale of hay for 2 weeks for 11 horses??? really??

    anyways- just wanted to give you all a heads up on this cracker-jack. she is known to FB friend anyone she can, and she frequently shops for OTTB's around the tracks, etc so keep an eye out

    Here are the articles:

    http://empiretribune.com/articles/20...6102516289.txt

    http://empiretribune.com/articles/20...9802350714.txt

    http://empiretribune.com/articles/20...0175918340.txt

    link to the Ranch who housed and cared for the horses after the seizure

    http://empiretribune.com/articles/20...0175918340.txt

  • #2
    In Texas, the courts have the option of giving the horses to a nonprofit animal welfare organization - so an auction isn't a certainty for them. It depends on what the judge on the case orders..
    Visit us at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - www.bluebonnetequine.org

    Want to get involved in rescue or start your own? Check out How to Start a Horse Rescue - www.howtostartarescue.com

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    • #3
      [QUOTE]
      Originally posted by farmgirl88 View Post
      for those who have a Facebook page, you just might be "friends" with her on facebook. her name is "Devorah aikman" and she is from stephenville, TX. She is known for taking in some nice, nice TB's off the track for TB retirement/adoption.

      She has three facebook pages:

      Devorah aikman
      Dominion Racing Stable
      dominion TB retirement


      According to the article she said she had purchased 12 bags of concentrated horse feed and 1 bale of hay for them....a bale of hay for 2 weeks for 11 horses??? really??
      actually she is referring to a big bale which can go as big as 2000lbs each,rounds or squares..not a 45 lb-er

      her repy:
      DevorahAikman wrote on Jul 24, 2010 12:37 AM:

      " Anyone who would like a copy of my written statement of facts may obtain one by sending me an email request.

      Two talking points I would like to bringto your attention are.

      1) Humane officer obtained a seizure warrant through fraud. Horses were declared to be without food or water. FACT. 9 head were on lush green pasture with tanks and large plastic tubs of fresh water available. Stallions water tubs were 3/4 full and one large bale of coastal hay and 150 lbs of grain were present when we arrived to replenish the feed supplly. There is a big difference between NO FOOD AND WATER and some food and water.

      Next talking point. Dog and Cat Specialist Scott Whitely who make the brilliant decision to sieze these horses ran the mares and geldings into the fences in order to attempt to catch them. The 20 year old grey mare who has melanoma cancer was in the best shape she had been in since donated over one year ago. She was injured by the humane officer and could barely stand on her feet by the time we got to her. All 11 horses suffered cuts, lacerations, hematomas, swollen legs and lameness as a result of this unorganized siezure by unqualified amateurs. To top it all off, Commitment and the other stallions were herded into cattle trailers without dividers and dumped into corrals at the cattle sale barn where the studs were allowed to fight for hours on end. Our attempts to reach and aid the injured horses were met with threats of arrest by sherrif's deputies and we were forced to leave the horses in non-secregated pens overnight. We were not allowed access until the next day when the vet hired against us viewed the horses. He stood in agreement with me that the horses were injured during transport. It was his testimony yesterday that allowed the judge to order 9 of the horses to be returned to me immediately. Commitment suffered a torn lip, bite marks on both sides of his neck, lacerations on his sides and a huge hematoma on his chest suffered by being kicked by another stallion. I demanded the horses be separated and the humane officer suggested I wait until the hearing originally scheduled for the end of the month. Commitment and Uptown Miami were then placed in long runs next to each other. When the two stallions begain to fight over the top of the rail, the vet could see the look of sheer panic on my face. He dropped his clipboard and entered in to separate the stallions along with my worker, Donna Kreutz. They moved the stallions while the animal control officer watched in fear. He obviously was in way over his head. Finally the sale barn owner decided that he could not handle the stallions and told the officers that they needed to move the horses from his place. It was at my demands that they finally decided to move the horses a second time, individually to a location just a few short miles down the road. The animal control officer, Scott Whitely was really proud of himself at moving the horses properly and to a proper facility the second time around. But what about the long list of injuries incurred to these horses at his hands? He falsely claimed my place was filthy, yet he moved these animals into sale barn pens for God's sake. How often are they cleaned? How many sick diseased and dying animals pass through those pens each week? Why didn't the Human officer react to the downed cow who was stuck between two panels suffering all day long truly without food or water? How can he justify cowboying and roping these TB horses as if they were steers? Uptown Miami, in perfect health, who has had throat surgery and a heart murmer was roped and drug to the trailer like a rodeo steer. Before that event, he was living peacefully in his own private pasture, with a shade tree and fresh water. How can these "officials" justfiy such outrageous treatment of horses? How can they call me cruel when they broke Texas Animal Cruelty Laws by knowinly allowing the stallions to be co-mingled and fight for hours on end? Why did the prosecuter OBJECT every time I mentioned how the horses were treated when hauled and suppress the truth from being known to the public? Why did your police cheif lie to the Newspaper editor,quoting me as saying something I never said? In fact I had never seen him before, let alone had any conversation with him at all whatsoever about my horses? As far as January Ranch's statement about Commitment is concerned, you were previously offered the return of the horse but you could not afford the haul to CA at the time. We have communicated about him recently and my offer to pay off the balance of the horse with my tax return this year. Get off the hate bandwagon and get the facts straight please. "
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      • #4
        Originally posted by cowgirljenn View Post
        In Texas, the courts have the option of giving the horses to a nonprofit animal welfare organization - so an auction isn't a certainty for them. It depends on what the judge on the case orders..
        Heck, even Animal Planet has shown it happening (they're not in Houston's jurisdiciton, are they? I always got the impression that one judge would like to have played hanging judge with some of the people the Houston SPCA brought in. Or at least use very un-legal terms for the intelligence levels of the defendants.)

        I hope by "hay bale" she meant "round bale." I cannot imagine anyone is THAT clueless. That's still pushing it for eleven horses for a week, but it makes a lot more sense. She couldn't possibly mean a square bale and think anyone would believe her that she thinks that's okay? And is she a legal corporate entity as a rescue? Or a private business as one? Because I think in general that means she's liable for her staff's actions whether she was there or not.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by danceronice View Post
          : And is she a legal corporate entity as a rescue? Or a private business as one? Because I think in general that means she's liable for her staff's actions whether she was there or not.
          you could search for her on IRS.gov

          My husband is at a place right now trying to help the non horse-y owners understand why $100,000 plus dollars of animals are stunted,wormy and just looking awful

          why ? non horsemen who hired nonhorse men to oversee the day to day

          Tamara in TN
          Last edited by Tamara in TN; Jul. 28, 2010, 11:02 AM.
          Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
          I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
            you could search for her on IRS.gov

            My husband is at a place right now trying to help the non horse-y owners understand why $100,000 plus dollars of animals are stunted,wormy and just looking awful

            why ? non horsemen who hired nonhorse men to oversee the day to day

            Tamara in TN
            I'm not that curious myself.

            Second part: *facepalm* If you aren't going to do it yourself, think about who you hire, people.
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              #7
              and horses dont loose that much weight in 2 weeks....she should know what is too thin and has admitted to it. so why not fix the problem and tell your "hired help" to do something about it. i'm sorry, but there is no excuse for just being stupid

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              • #8
                The name Dominion Racing kept ringing a bell with me so I googled it and now I remember why:

                http://www.stallionsnow.com/stallion-ad-66259

                I ran across this ad early this year or maybe even last year and wondered what kind of dillusional person puts a 10k stud fee on that horse. In Texas no less, where a stud fee over 3k for a thoroughbred stallion is big stuff. At the time it made me wonder about their breeding operation because of the ridiculousness of the ad. It seemed like one of those situations where someone thought they were going to get rich quick breeding racehorses.

                By the way, is she a rescue or a breeder? It seems to be that there is quite a bit of overlap there...

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                • #9
                  Devorah Aikman

                  Dear Everyone,

                  I am relieved the word is slowly spreading about this person that calls herself a "Christian" horse lover. I have first hand experience of the excuses and lies she has told concerning one of the two horses not returned to her! I have refrained from commenting on any of her posts on the many sites she has posted them, I think the more verbal diarrhea she spews the more she believes the lies she tells thereby slowly hanging herself with her words!
                  If she truly is/was a horse lover she would be spending her time devoting it to the horses that sorely need it. It concerns me where she has taken the 9 that were returned to her and after being arrested for animal cruelty how and on what basis were they returned to her. She continued her lies to the resuce stables when picking the poor animals up. It's a shame as she no longer knows where the lies end and the truth begins anymore!!
                  Keep spreading the news......it's gonna take a while before she goes down!

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                    #10
                    she is both a breeding farm and a retirement/rehoming place for OTTB's. she has a super nice stallion named Afleet Bob who was one of the starving horses....who would g;adly be welcomed in my barn ANYDAY! he is simply something.

                    i think shes one of those types who just let trainers donate their horses who wern't making at as racehorses...in hopes of giving them a second chance at a new career and a good home. it seems to me like shes now taken these horses and made her own little breeding farm to produce more failing racehorses...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by farmgirl88 View Post
                      she is both a breeding farm and a retirement/rehoming place for OTTB's. she has a super nice stallion named Afleet Bob who was one of the starving horses....who would g;adly be welcomed in my barn ANYDAY! he is simply something.

                      i think shes one of those types who just let trainers donate their horses who wern't making at as racehorses...in hopes of giving them a second chance at a new career and a good home. it seems to me like shes now taken these horses and made her own little breeding farm to produce more failing racehorses...
                      I guess I should have qualified my opinion in my first post. They might we wonderful horses, but taking in horses that didn't cut it on the track and using them to produce racehorses isn't a great plan. For the most part if they were unwanted in the racing industry they probably aren't great breeding prospects for racing. I have no problem with breeding horses, but Afleet Bob isn't anything race breeders would flock to. For a 3k stud fee in Texas you can get a proven producer with a great page and a solid race record. He is probably a fantastic horse, but maybe should be taken in a different direction .

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by farmgirl88 View Post
                        and horses dont loose that much weight in 2 weeks....she should know what is too thin and has admitted to it. so why not fix the problem and tell your "hired help" to do something about it. i'm sorry, but there is no excuse for just being stupid
                        what non horse people know and don't know is beyond me...but if you know "0" about horses and think horses majikally stay fat on low sugar,low energy,low protein hay and an over grazed pasture that you force them to eat cause that's what you read on the INTERNET and you hire smooth talkers who read too much on the internet of the SAME CRAP...

                        well guess what happens????????????

                        my mechanic for this farm just shakes his head at me like I am "special" when he turns on an engine and then yells over it "can't you hear that? there in the transmission"

                        um no Junior...it sounds like the same noxious 8.1 Liter diesel it sounded like this morning he don't do horses,I don't do engines...but I can drive the equipment the engine pulls...the modern "horse people" seem the same

                        look, I am not going to defend this woman,but there is a big ass farm that could prob have at least one person jailed right now for sheer out right stupidity,combined with a too fluid check book...

                        they have wasted enough money on majik potions,voodoo powder,"farm managers",beet pulp,hay cubes and stupid crap that they could have already fattened and wormed every one of the stupid things back to greasy fat

                        a C level pony clubber could have done it...but instead they have (re-)opened their wallet again (today) hopefully to someone with some common horse sense...

                        who is telling them what these stupid hick hay farmers have tried to tell them for months...but I guess a paid for opinion is worth more than a free one...??

                        Tamara in TN
                        Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                        I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                        • #13
                          I would agree that 10K is an expensive TB sporthorse stud fee...but I thought that 10K was also on the cheaper end for TB racehorse stud fees....someone can correct me, but when hubby worked on TB racehorse breeding farm, most of the stud fees were 10k-30k and these were not high dollar breedings in the race world...most of their babies couldn't outrun me...lol

                          That said, I'll save judgement until I hear more...doesn't seem like they would have given back 9 without good reason...

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by lindsay_aggie View Post
                            I guess I should have qualified my opinion in my first post. They might we wonderful horses, but taking in horses that didn't cut it on the track and using them to produce racehorses isn't a great plan. For the most part if they were unwanted in the racing industry they probably aren't great breeding prospects for racing. I have no problem with breeding horses, but Afleet Bob isn't anything race breeders would flock to. For a 3k stud fee in Texas you can get a proven producer with a great page and a solid race record. He is probably a fantastic horse, but maybe should be taken in a different direction .
                            i dont do racehorses, i do hunters so i certainly wouldnt be breeding him to produce racehorses....read my last line in my last post ...she took these horses from trainers who donated them to find them a better career/home and now shes using them to produce more crap racehorses. afleet bob is lovely to look at, very classic hunter conformation.

                            She currently has him for sale for 35K....

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by BelladonnaLily View Post
                              I would agree that 10K is an expensive TB sporthorse stud fee...but I thought that 10K was also on the cheaper end for TB racehorse stud fees....someone can correct me, but when hubby worked on TB racehorse breeding farm, most of the stud fees were 10k-30k and these were not high dollar breedings in the race world...most of their babies couldn't outrun me...lol

                              That said, I'll save judgement until I hear more...doesn't seem like they would have given back 9 without good reason...
                              yes but the horses are in texas, which is primarily a QH racing state with lower level TB racing. the stallions in question where given away to this woman, by theirowners/trainers on the track, in hopes of giving thema nice retirement/new career since they were not worth the effort as racehorses. this woman has no taken them in, and stood them at stud as racing stallions when they never even won anything on the track. if they had, they wouldnt have been given away for second careers.

                              The afleet Bob stallion is for sale online for 35,000 with a stuf fee of 3,000. her highest priced stallion fee is 10,000 which is just plain rediculous for a horse who hasnt produced much of anything over the years and never amounted to anything on the track.

                              30K for a graded stakes winner with an impressive pedigree is fine with me....but not for a horse who did absolutely nothing on the track.

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                                oops wrong thread
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by BelladonnaLily View Post
                                  I would agree that 10K is an expensive TB sporthorse stud fee...but I thought that 10K was also on the cheaper end for TB racehorse stud fees....s
                                  $10K is not expensive for a stud fee to a successful racehorse. It's astronomical for a mediocre one.
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                                  • #18
                                    OMG Have you seen this today on her FACEBOOK account?? I am gobsmacked!! Honestly.......I really cannot believe the audacity of this woman!!

                                    [B]Welcome Suddenly Cool into our retirement and retraining program.
                                    Posted by Devorah Aikman at 8:48am
                                    Suddenly Kool has been received into our OTTB retirment and retraining program. He has run in 42 races and has retired sound. After being slowly introduced to a paddock and then pasture setting and a few months of rest, he will be retrained into a new discipline. Welcome Suddenly Kool.
                                    Support the cause. Be counted:
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                                    How can anyone still be giving any horse, stallion, mare, filly, colt, gelding...sick, dying, old, any animal to this shoot, I really can't think of the right word!!........person!!............She really cannot be serious in light of what just happened I mean c'mon really????

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                                    • #19
                                      "Suddenly Kool pawed, kicked, shook his head and neck, tossed his mane and rolled. It was a thrill to enjoy watching his first moments of freedom after years of racing."

                                      Latest post on Facebook, how and where does this woman have this new horse, where are the other nine and what is the latest on the two she was not allowed back......... is this a fake? I have found the name of the breeder and will try track where he is now.....this cannot happen!

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                                      • #20
                                        [QUOTE=StalkeGal;5009625]"Suddenly Kool pawed, kicked, shook his head and neck, tossed his mane and rolled. It was a thrill to enjoy watching his first moments of freedom after years of racing."

                                        Mine do that every freaking day at least once if not 1000 times. They must be enjoying their freedom just in case they don't have it someday.
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