Reward Offered for Information on Northstar's Attack

Reward Offered for Information on Northstar's Attack

"Dr. Hurcombe and his team have removed 85% of the dead skin and can see some very good healing taking place," Carroll said of the injured horse.

Photo: Northstar Equine Foundation

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for using an accelerant to set a horse on fire in Crawford County, Pa., back in August.

On Aug. 26 "Northstar" was grazing in his pasture when someone doused him with an unknown accelerant and set him on fire. The horse survived, but sustained first-, second-, and third-degree burns to over 40% of his body.

The horse was immediately transported to Ohio State University Veterinary School for treatment. A veterinary examination concluded that someone had used accelerant to intentionally set the horse ablaze.

Previously, Jane Carroll, public relations manager for The Ohio State University Foundation, told TheHorse.com that upon arrival at the hospital, Northstar was placed under the care of Samuel Hurcombe, BSc, BVMS, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, assistant professor of equine emergency and critical care at the Galbreath Equine Center

"Dr. Hurcombe and his team have removed 85% of the dead skin and can see some very good healing taking place," Carroll said. "They are also seeing some good response from the wound edges as the body starts to try to close the space where skin is missing, a process called epithelialization."

How long the horse will remain at OSU is uncertain, she said.

"The attack on Northstar was malicious, and we can't let this cruelty go unpunished," said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for the HSUS. "Our community must come together to stop, report and prosecute these terrible acts, and we hope our reward helps find Northstar's attacker."

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 814/663-2043 or toll-free at 800/922-1975.

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