Freed! British Columbia Horses Trapped in Snow Rescued

Two horses trapped in the harsh winter snows of interior British Columbia since September were freed on Christmas Eve. It took more than a week for a large group of volunteers to dig out the horses, but the mare and gelding are expected to live.

The first article on the attempted rescue of these horses can be found in article "Group Effort to Rescue Horses Trapped in Snow Ongoing."

In the Dec. 26 edition of the, there is a long article on the entire saga, from the discovery of the horses by a 21-year-old resident who was looking for two snowmobiles, to the orders of the young man's father--a horse owner--to his daughter to go back into the mountains and either shoot the horses to put them out of their misery or feed them a bale of hay, to the outpouring of asssitance by a large number of people who ended up digging a road through the snow to rescue the trapped horses.

And in between there were people and professionals who cared for the emaciated horses--sometimes braving temperatures that dropped to 40 degrees below zero.

The horses have been placed in foster care by the SPCA and are expected to recover.

The newspaper article stated that an Edmonton lawyer told a local television news station that he was the owner of the horses. He said the horses had been used to deliver supplies to hikers on the mouintain back in September when he got "separated" from them.

The articles stated the horse owner attempted three times to get the animals--including twice through the snow--but couldn't get them out.

An SPCA spokesperson stated in the newspaper article that the owner had a duty to alert officials that the horses were trapped or to even euthanize them if he couldn't get them out of the mountain.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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