Horse Rescue Offers Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinic

October 15, 2008

NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., will offer a low-cost euthanasia clinic on Dec. 17 for owners who, due to economic or other reasons, are unable to care for their horses. Owners will be charged $25 for the euthanasia... Read More


Jury Trial for Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

October 14, 2008

Elliot Saffran, the Milford, Mass., man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his mare, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Oct. 14 and requested that his case be transferred to another court for trial before a jury.

"He... Read More


John Henry Memorial Statue Unveiled

October 09, 2008

A year after the death of racehorse John Henry, fans now have a lasting monument and a dedicated place to remember their champion.

A bronze statue by artist Shelley Hunter has taken its place at John's gravesite, just outside the Kentucky... Read More


Carcass Composting How-To Event Offered

October 07, 2008

For years, large animal carcass disposal has been a problem. Not only are options to dispose of a large carcass limited, they can also be costly.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a Field Day on large animal carcass... Read More


Wild Horse Euthanasia Decision Postponed by BLM

August 23, 2008

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) isn't likely to make a decision regarding the use of euthanasia in wild horse herd management until the end of the year, a spokesman said. The euthanasia option decision was originally... Read More


Attorney Seeks Dismissal, Evidence Suppression in 'Quincy' Euthanasia Case

August 14, 2008

The attorney representing Elliott Saffran, the Massachusetts man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize Quincy, his aged, infirm horse, has filed motions to either dismiss the case against Saffran or suppress evidence pertinent... Read More


Cruelty Stats Bill Draws Mixed Reaction

August 11, 2008

A measure aimed at collecting and making animal cruelty crime data public is drawing praise from animal welfare advocates as a means to raise awareness of animal cruelty crime.

"For one thing, it would legitimize the data, so law... Read More


Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

August 11, 2008

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case... Read More


Wild Horses: Euthanasia, Changes to Adoption Policy Considered

July 03, 2008

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, wasn't happy when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it might consider euthanasia as a means to manage wild horse herds, but she wasn't surprised, either.... Read More


Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'

May 28, 2008

"Karen and David (O'Connor) would have done anything to let this little guy have a shot," said Kent Allen, DVM, one of the three veterinarians who attended Theodore O'Connor following the gelding's catastrophic injury this morning and a long-tim... Read More


Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

May 15, 2008

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.... Read More


Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again

May 07, 2008

While her owner ponders his legal options, Quincy, the lame 29-year-old mare at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case, remains in the care of an unnamed Massachusetts equine clinic.

"She's as well as can be expected," said... Read More


Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More


Decision to Euthanize Horse Could Bring End to Controversial Case

April 07, 2008

A controversial Massachusetts horse cruelty case might be resolved in court April 8 if the horse's owner agrees to euthanize the mare in question.

According to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (MSPCA) Deputy... Read More


Older Horses Part 6: The Final Decision

December 01, 2007

There can be many factors that lead to the decision for euthanasia--whether it's "just time" or immediacy.... Read More


Michigan OKs Composting Horse Carcasses

November 16, 2007

Dairy farmer Ken Nobis reaches into a tall mound of what looks like topsoil and grabs a clump, which he looks over and quickly sniffs before crumbling it.

The 10-foot-high, 50-foot-long heap that he's examining is a compost pile. Its humus is... Read More


Readers Respond: Remembering Lost Horses Poll

October 16, 2007

Nearly 1,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How do you remember a beloved equine you've lost?"

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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More


Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More


Euthanasia Assistance

November 01, 2006

Can people with no money get a veterinarian to euthanize their horse for free?... Read More


The Hardest Decision

April 01, 2006

Several recent occurrences have brought to mind the role of humans as stewards of our animals. These stories don't all have to do with horses, but how many horse owners do you know who don't have dogs, cats, or other critters running around the... Read More


Horse Owner Wins Laminitis Lawsuit

July 28, 2005

Jane McGarel-Groves was awarded 350,000 GBP (about $608,280 US) in damages after suing two veterinarians that treated her 14-year-old dressage horse Annastasia in 2001 with corticosteroid joint injections. The injections inadvertently caused... Read More


AAEP Convention Wrap-Up 2004: The Unwanted Horse

March 03, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) made the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States a priority for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention.

While the AAEP's stand against... Read More


After Goodbye

July 01, 2004

As horse owners, we care deeply about our animals. When one of our beloved horses dies, we lose a trusted friend. For many of us, the experience is emotionally devastating. Yet, just when we are at our most pronounced stage of grief, we are... Read More


Captive Bolt Controversy

April 01, 2004

No matter your position on equine slaughter, there is a question in the minds of horse owners of whether a penetrating captive bolt is a "humane" form of euthanasia for horses. Many individuals and groups are dismissing captive bolt as inhumane,... Read More