KREM News Video of the rescue operation. Click on this link for the written and video story.
"Their owner was a 75-year-old man who told rescuers it became
too difficult for him to care for them."
As the horse rescue in Wellpinit unfolds, we've seen pictures of horses starved and barely able to walk, or worse, dead. The horses have not had food since the heavy snows came and made it impossible to graze, and have had no veterinary or farrier care since no one knows when.
Is their owner, the 75 year old man who was living out in his truck on the same property with no heat, a villain?
"Rescuers say a mother gave birth last night, but the foal froze to death. They found other horses too weak to walk."
It sure makes you wonder, doesn't it? At the very least, if he couldn't see the logic in getting these horses help, doesn't he need to be evaluated by Health and Welfare for mental soundness?
"Rescuers say the horses survived by eating snow, the bark of trees and even the wooden posts to the fences that surrounds the 40-acre property."
I know these are "hard times for horses" as everyone is quick to say. And, Spokane has experienced some serious snow--but let's be honest, those hooves haven't been taken care of for more than a year--those horses haven't been worked with--and the stallions weren't gelded--this is a long-term problem, not one that emerged a month ago.
In the end it only matters as far as preventing it from happening again somewhere else. Maybe there's something to be learned from it--like intervening sooner--or, if you're a horse owner unable to care for your horses--find them homes or ask for help before they start to suffer. And, if you don't love your animals enough to swallow your pride, that's a sign you shouldn't own them.
Rescuers are asking for help covering the cost to take care of the horses.
Donations can be made to: Shepherds Way Rescue. Call Carrie Aenk for more information: (509) 892-6707 or (509) 844-3499.