Fund Benefits Seized Maryland Horses

In the past, seven was the largest number of horses the staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Washington County, Md. had to handle. But helping a herd of 74 allegedly abused and neglected horses evacuated from a Sharpsburg. Md., farm in December will be a massive, long range effort, according to Katherine Cooker, the humane society's director of development and public relations.

"This is the largest horse rescue we've ever had," said Cooker, "and it's a long term process because we don't know the extent of the veterinary care the horses are going to need--especially the pregnant mares and their babies."

Cooker did not disclose the actual cost of rehabilitating the horses, which involves everything from emergency medical care to daily deworming. But Kathleen Schwartz, executive director of Days End Farm Horse Rescue, where 22 of the horses are under care, said costs could range from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars monthly.

As a result, the Washington County Humane Society has established the Sharpsburg Horse Rescue Medical and Rehabilitation Fund to collect and administer financial donations to help underwrite the cost of the horses' care. At the same time, donations of daily and regular dewormers, breakaway halters, lead ropes, small waterproof blankets bag pine shavings, and other items are needed at Days End, a 17-year-old facility that cares for rescued horses.

For details or to make a contribution, call Days End Farm at 301/854-5037 or visit www.daysendfarm.org. Contact the Humane Society of Washington County at 301/733-2060 for medical and rehabilitation fund contributions.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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