Calgary Trailer Accident: Surviving Horses Returned to Origin

After 12 horses died Friday following a stock trailer accident in Calgary, Alberta, the remaining 32 horses have been returned to their point of origin in Bonnyville, according to Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada Chair Bill desBarres.

"We recommended they be returned to where they came from so they could be returned to a recuperative state," said desBarres. "We didn't want them subjected to any more trauma."

Bonnyville is about 370 miles northeast of Calgary. DesBarres said the horses are being looked after and are under veterinary care.

Five veterinarians were present at the scene of the accident. None of the horses who returned home had broken bones or lacerations.

DesBarres reported that the rescue procedure followed the "Humane Handling Guidelines for Horses" booklet, which provides instructions for handling livestock in emergency situations. This booklet can be accessed at  

"We strongly advise all livestock owners and buyers to use a transportation company with drivers that are knowledgeable about industry animal care expectations and provide for the safety and comfort of the animals during transport," said desBarres.

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