Humane Society of Missouri Secures Ownership of Accident Horses

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) announced this morning (Nov. 2) in a release that it has finalized an agreement that gives the organization ownership of the survivors of the Sept. 27 trailer accident in Franklin County, Mo. In the crash, a double-decker truck carrying 42 slaughter-bound horses overturned on Interstate 44 near Sullivan. Twenty-four horses and a hinny are recovering from the accident--the rest died or were euthanatized.
HSMO's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union and Northland Insurance Company reached an agreement in which the HSMO takes ownership  in exchange for not seeking "recovery of costs associated with the rescue, treatment and care of the animals," said an HSMO release. "To date, these costs exceed $84,000."

The release added, "Twenty-three of the horses are now being cared for at the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri. One of the rescued horses is still being treated at an area equine veterinary hospital. This week the hinny returned to an equine veterinary hospital for further treatment of leg wounds."

For more information about the horses and the sponsorship program that HSMO has established for the animals, visit or

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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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