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3 Abandoned Horses near Columbus, Ohio Need Help

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  • 3 Abandoned Horses near Columbus, Ohio Need Help

    A friend of mine who lives in Circleville, OH (near Columbus), who is not a "horse person" but an animal lover who has learned enough through me to know when something is way wrong is looking for some help:

    The people who live across the street from her have horses---always skinny, place is a mess, etc. AC has been called on them before. My friend has been concerned about these horses for a while and actually was one of the people who has called AC on them.

    Fast forward to now: the people have moved away and abandoned the horses. (Possibly a foreclosure?) There are three total. One in a round-pen-esque enclosure with no water, shelter or food and two others (possibly a mare and her baby--it looks to be about a year old) in a similar situation in another paddock. Lots of sharp litter and wire lying around, too.

    My friend saw a truck over there on Saturday, but nobody since then. She went to the sheriff (the humane society always seems to be closed) and he said they are "monitoring" the situation. .....Monitoring horses who don't have water or food for days is NOT HELPING THEM ANY, YOU MORONS.

    So anyway, my sweet asthmatic friend loaded her car up with hay from the co-op, bought water buckets and snuck over there. The horses were desperately thirsty and she could hardly get water in the buckets before they were guzzling it. She divided two bales of hay between the three horses and left them with plenty of water, but that's obviously only a bandaid.

    If anyone is in the area and would be willing to help, please PM me and I will put you in touch with my friend for directions. It would be of major help to have someone with more knowledge than her to assess the situation. If the cops are involved, a person with real knowledge may be able to light a fire under them.

    My friend doesn't mind checking on them and getting them water, etc, although for her health reasons she shouldn't be fooling with hay a whole lot. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks a lot!
    Katie Gardner ~ Otteridge Farm
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    BUMP - Ohio people?????
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist

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    • #3
      My trainer runs a 501c3 horse rescue just east of Columbus. They have a full house and then some, but I've emailed her about this thread to see if she knows anyone who can help or can offer logistical support. Even if she can't take the horses, she has experience with the assessment/coordinating with the humane society and local law enforcement side of things.
      Last edited by jn4jenny; Apr. 10, 2013, 05:43 PM.
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        #4
        I've had some really awesome PMs, and I am so appreciative. I think we may have some help for these guys (thanks to @jn4jenny!!) but I will report back if it doesn't work out.

        My sweet friend is just beside herself over these horses. She said when she got back to the back paddock where the mare and the yearling are, the baby came flying at her, neighing its head off and she just started bawling. Poor things drank and drank and drank...Allison is hauling water over there in a bunch of gallon jugs that she's going back to her house and refilling, because there does not seem to be accessible water anywhere in sight near the horses. AND she recently had foot surgery and is still in a walking boot...so add that to the equation. She insists that what she's doing isn't a big deal, but I can assure her that for those horses, it's a VERY big deal.

        It takes a village... COTH is a great network. Thanks again, guys.
        Katie Gardner ~ Otteridge Farm
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        • #5
          So the local animal control says they are monitoring them? PLEASE, the property is abandoned. God bless your dear friend. I would have been over there in a hot minute, Columbus is just a tad far from Michigan.
          Oh lord there must be a water source on the dump somewhere, can she find a friend who can walk the place with her and get a constant source of water?
          I> cannot believe Animal control is just not doing something.

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            #6
            Well, Allison has gone all over God's Half Acre today --met with cops, gone to the animal shelter, etc etc, and through COTH I managed to hook her up with a woman who lives locally who is a senior member of the local hunt, has a farm, does rescue work, etc, so she's well connected to the local horse scene, and Allison said she was VERY kind in their conversation on the phone. This woman is going to help get the cops more motivated. Several conversations later, it seems that AC is going to put a warrant out for the seizure of the horses...the people who own them have indeed been foreclosed upon and so they just peaced out. They said they were going to 're-home' the horses but they've been saying that and saying that and nothing is happening. AC has left two notices at the property because supposedly the people were coming back to take care of these horses....................NOT.

            Anyway, Allison has every local authority she can think of on the same page with her, they are all aware that she is the one providing them with food and water, lest they get the wrong impression that these horses are being cared for by their owners. She will continue to look after them until they are removed and put in their foster situation. She's like, "At minimum, I can certainly make sure they're watered, have something to eat, and aren't bleeding!" ....Which is certainly more than their own OWNERS cared to do for them. Ugh.

            Moral of the story is: Never assume your non-horsey friends aren't learning and remembering all the stuff you talk about! Allison has impressed me to a ridiculous degree with everything she's thought to do and all the questions she's asked. I've been on the phone with her many times today, guiding her purchases at the feed store, etc, but she really has done an amazing job. She even flipped lips on the two older horses to check for tattoos.....atta girl!
            Katie Gardner ~ Otteridge Farm
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            • #7
              Originally posted by FlyingSwap View Post
              Well, Allison has gone all over God's Half Acre today --met with cops, gone to the animal shelter, etc etc, and through COTH I managed to hook her up with a woman who lives locally who is a senior member of the local hunt, has a farm, does rescue work, etc, so she's well connected to the local horse scene, and Allison said she was VERY kind in their conversation on the phone. This woman is going to help get the cops more motivated. Several conversations later, it seems that AC is going to put a warrant out for the seizure of the horses...the people who own them have indeed been foreclosed upon and so they just peaced out. They said they were going to 're-home' the horses but they've been saying that and saying that and nothing is happening. AC has left two notices at the property because supposedly the people were coming back to take care of these horses....................NOT.

              Anyway, Allison has every local authority she can think of on the same page with her, they are all aware that she is the one providing them with food and water, lest they get the wrong impression that these horses are being cared for by their owners. She will continue to look after them until they are removed and put in their foster situation. She's like, "At minimum, I can certainly make sure they're watered, have something to eat, and aren't bleeding!" ....Which is certainly more than their own OWNERS cared to do for them. Ugh.

              Moral of the story is: Never assume your non-horsey friends aren't learning and remembering all the stuff you talk about! Allison has impressed me to a ridiculous degree with everything she's thought to do and all the questions she's asked. I've been on the phone with her many times today, guiding her purchases at the feed store, etc, but she really has done an amazing job. She even flipped lips on the two older horses to check for tattoos.....atta girl!
              Thank goodness! She is a saint! Praying that all the powers that be can get these poor things into a loving foster home.

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              • #8
                Well Allison is awesome and you can tell her I said so. You too, FlyingSwap. Sometimes I really love this board. Please let us know how it goes and if we can help.

                SCFarm
                The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.

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                • #9
                  Toasting Miss Allison!

                  Well done, fair Lady!
                  Originally posted by BigMama1
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                  GNU Terry Prachett

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                  • #10
                    Those horse's are so lucky she was watching out for them!! I can't believe AC would leave them, how is that within bounds of law when the horses have zero food or water?! Oh leave a note on the door, that'll do good when the people aren't even there. Sickening. Praying a solution is found, bless your friend!! She is a true angel and so are you for trying to help!

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                    • #11
                      There are probably a lot of reasons ( legal) for not going onto the property and for not feeding and watering them...but kudos to Allison for sticking her neck out and DOING SOMETHING for the horses!!

                      Some might say that if the horses are being fed and watered, they can't be seized...it can get tricky. Sad that animals sometimes die before help arrives. Not water on the property is a biggy.

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                        #12
                        Thanks, guys. I'm forwarding these messages to her so she can read how appreciated she is by people who don't even know her. She's all modest about it, but we need more people who will stand up and do the right thing.
                        Katie Gardner ~ Otteridge Farm
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by FlyingSwap View Post
                          Well, Allison has gone all over God's Half Acre today --met with cops, gone to the animal shelter, etc etc, and through COTH I managed to hook her up with a woman who lives locally who is a senior member of the local hunt, has a farm, does rescue work, etc, so she's well connected to the local horse scene, and Allison said she was VERY kind in their conversation on the phone. This woman is going to help get the cops more motivated.
                          The first thing out of my trainer's mouth when I got out of the car yesterday evening: "Allison called a little while ago, and she's lovely!" Kudos to Allison for all her hard work, and kudos to you, FlyingSwap, for helping to put the word out.
                          Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/

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                          • #14
                            jn4jenny and her trainer are, collectively and individually, da bomb.

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                            • #15
                              Another toast to Allison! And bless her heart, in the good way!

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                              • #16
                                Bumping this up, becuase I had not seen it in a while and seriously wondering what happened to them!

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