KHC Seeking Information on Equine Tornado Victims

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is seeking information about horses that were killed or injured during the deadly tornado outbreak that swept through the commonwealth in March.

According to the National Weather Service, 42 confirmed tornadoes tore through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio on March 2. The storms packed winds as high as 180 mph, knocking out utilities and flattening homes and barns. All told, the confirmed human death toll reached at least 39, according to the agency. The number of horses lost or injured as a result of the storms is still uncertain.

"The tornadoes that struck Kentucky and surrounding states in March of 2012 did a great deal of damage," the organization said in their April 19 newsletter. "The Kentucky Horse Council is collecting information on how many horses were injured or perished due to these tornadoes. We ask anyone who was directly affected or knows someone who was to fill out the form."

The KHC has created an online form for interested parties to complete that includes questions about whether horses were stalled or turned out during the storms; whether animals were injured or killed; and the county and state the animals were residing in, among other information.

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About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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