Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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SmartPak Makes Donation to USEF Disaster Fund

October 30, 2007

SmartPak has made a $5,000 donation to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) disaster fund.

With this donation, SmartPak added wildfire relief to its list of charitable donations. Other causes supported by the... Read More

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California Wildfires: ASPCA Providing Hay Funds for Equine Evacuees

October 29, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has provided funding to the San Diego Humane Society for hay and other equine supplies needed following the outbreak of devastating wildfires in California.

"The ASPCA is happy t... Read More

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Texas Horse Cruelty Case Motivates Legislative Change

October 29, 2007

A 22-year-old Texas man will serve nine months in jail for torturing and killing a yearling filly named Cowboy Chic in her pasture last October.

A jury convicted Kenneth Ryan Peterson of animal cruelty and felony criminal mischief in 11... Read More

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I Thought I Understood What A Firestorm Was ...

October 28, 2007

Rebecca Sparenberg, assistant editor for Riding Magazine, tells firsthand of saving horses from the California wildfires, as well as sharing stories of the horse community, which banded together in a time of crisis.... Read More

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George Washington Euthanatized After BC Classic Injury

October 27, 2007

Four-year-old George Washington put a damper on the Breeders' Cup Classic when he suffered an injury late in the stretch and had to be euthanatized on the track Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.

A son of Danehill, George Washington was... Read More

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Fire Death Toll Climbs; Weather Aids Efforts To Douse The Blazes

October 26, 2007

San Diego County authorities said today they have discovered the bodies of two more people believed to have been killed in the wildfires that scorched Southern California this week.

Recovery crews found the burned bodies of a man and a woman i... Read More

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Bright Spot: Better Evacuation Saved Lives

October 25, 2007

The devastation in terms of property damage is staggering--over a billion dollars and counting--but there is one statistic that is markedly better than the last time California was up against numerous wildfires. The San Diego County medical... Read More

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California Fires Still Threaten; Horses Seem To Have Fared Well

October 24, 2007

The good news coming out of Southern California is that horse owners learned early evacuation lessons well from the fires four years ago, with only minor equine injuries being reported.

Mark Martinelli, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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U.K. Horse Welfare Group Launches Scholarship Program for Vet Students

October 23, 2007

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has launched a new scholarship program for undergraduate veterinary students in order to encourage the advancement of veterinary education and equine welfare, and also to familiarize... Read More

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California Wildfires: Seven Counties Declared Federal Emergency Areas

October 23, 2007

Thousands more California residents were ordered to evacuate their homes Tuesday, bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000.

President Bush declared a... Read More

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Racing Medication Group Refocusing on Drug Testing, Uniformity

October 23, 2007

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

Included as part o... Read More

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HSUS Team Arrives in California

October 23, 2007

Flying into California's fire-ravaged San Diego area was shocking to Allen Schwartz, a consultant with disaster services and an equine specialist with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He said the scene reminded him of... Read More

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Farms and Del Mar Offering Shelter from California Wildfires

October 23, 2007

Wildfires continued Oct. 23 to threaten homes and horse farms in Southern California, particularly in San Diego County.

Scoop Vessels' Vessels Stallion Farm is among the facilities that have taken in evacuated people and horses, even whil... Read More

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New Feature: Watch a Video Broadcast of Top Horse Health Headlines

October 23, 2007

Click here to see the first installment of The Ryder Report, a new feature launched today on TheHorse.com. The Ryder Report is a weekly video broadcas... Read More

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California Horse Owners Evacuating in Face of Fire

October 22, 2007

Strong Santa Ana winds and a landscape already parched by drought have combined to help nearly a dozen fires spread across Southern California since the weekend. Many horse owners have evacuated, applying the lessons learned after a string of... Read More

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Texas Man Sentenced to 9 Months for Horse's Torture, Death

October 21, 2007

A 22-year-old former Texas A&M University student will serve a total of nine months in jail for torturing a horse to death following a heavy night of drinking.

Kenneth Ryan Peterson was found guilty Thursday of cruelty to animals... Read More

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Vermont Woman Wants Horse as Service Animal

October 20, 2007

The Central Vermont Community Land Trust usually has no objection to a service animal like a seeing-eye dog moving into its apartments. But Patty Cooper's service animal is a horse of a different color: a black and white miniature horse, to be... Read More

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Texas Man Convicted of Cruelty in Horse Killing

October 19, 2007

One of the men charged with killing a Palomino filly in her Bryan, Texas, pasture last October was yesterday found guilty of cruelty to animals, Read More

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Trainer in Cobra Venom Case Agrees to Yearlong Suspension

October 18, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority reached a settlement agreement with trainer Patrick Biancone Oct. 17 that will bar him from training horses for six months and prevent him from applying for a trainer's license for an additional six months.... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Compiling List of Facilities Accepting Horses

October 18, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is asking facilities that will accept and/or place horses to list themselves on the UHC Web site.  

"This is an important step... Read More

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Seized Georgia Horses to be Auctioned Oct. 20

October 18, 2007

The remainder of the horses impounded from a Pike County farm in February will be offered for sale Saturday, Oct. 20 in an auction run by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) at the Mansfield Equine Impound Facility in Jasper County.... Read More

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Former Owner of Seized Maryland Horses Seeks Change to Cruelty Sentence

October 18, 2007

A woman convicted of animal cruelty for neglecting horses on her western Maryland farm has asked a judge to loosen the terms of her probation so she can move out of state.

Barbara P. Reinken, 62, wants to move to North Carolina but... Read More

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Study of EIPH Drug Seeks to Answer Effectiveness, Enhancement Concerns

October 17, 2007

A study led by Colorado State University and research partners will help to answer a long-debated question about health and performance effects of a drug commonly used to treat racehorses in the U.S. to prevent bleeding into their airways as the... Read More

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Wild Horse and Burro Adoption to be Held in North Carolina

October 17, 2007

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, N.C.

There will be about 70 animals, from yearlings to... Read More

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MRSA: Human Death Brings Attention to Bacterium Common in Horses

October 17, 2007

A strain of Staphylococcus aureus resistant to antibiotics was in the news again this week after a Virginia teenager who was diagnosed with an infection caused by the pathogen died. Additionally, the Read More