Auction Donations Requested to Help Missouri Crash Horses

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians have launched a non-profit organization called St. Louis Horse Heroes (SLHH) to raise funds for the care of the 25 survivors of a horrific Sept. 27 crash of a double-decker trailer that was ferrying the horses to slaughter in Illinois. Caretakers for these animals are requesting the help of horse owners and enthusiasts nationwide--they need silent and live auction items. The proceeds from this auction will benefit the organizations caring for the survivors. The estimated care of the survivors has risen to approximately $50,000.

Stuart Robson, DVM, of Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital in Pacific, Mo., said the group will raise funds for care of the 24 horses and one hinny. The majority of the funds raised by SLHH will go to the Franklin County Humane Society and the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. A portion of SLHH-raised funds will go to two rescue groups that assisted at the scene.

Crystal Richardson, head technician at Fox Creek, is collecting auction items for an invitation-only fundraiser event for SLHH that will be held in mid-November at the St. Louis Zoo. "While it's an invitation-only event, we really need help in finding people that could donate items for the auction," she said. They request "anything that can be auctioned off, from gas cards to gift certificates...some businesses are donating artwork, services, and jewelry. Time shares have helped out a lot, too.

"The more auction items, the more proceeds we're going to be able to provide for these organizations that have been helping the horses," added Richardson.

Robson encourages horse owners to help. "We (those involved with SLHH) can't solve all these problems," he said, referring to the unwanted horse issue and incidents such as the Missouri crash that involve slaughter-bound horses, "but we can help this particular group of horses, and we've made it our mission to do this. Everyone that's involved is completely dedicated to helping these horses, and we really need donations to help the humane society and two rescue groups that came and helped at the scene, using their own equipment and doing it out of the caring of their hearts."

The truck carrying 42 horses overturned early on Sept. 27 on Interstate 44 in Franklin County. Sixteen horses died in the immediate aftermath of the accident, and another mare was euthanatized late last week after her condition deteriorated. Twenty-two of the survivors are at the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, and three are still in treatment at area veterinary hospitals.

If you want to make a tax-deductible donation of an item for the auctions, please e-mail Richardson at If you'd rather make a monetary donation for the care of these horses, please visit.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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