Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Purina Conference for Veterinarians

October 08, 2003

Nearly 250 veterinarians from across the country attended a continuing education conference sponsored by Purina Mills. A full day was spent touring the LongView Research Facility where Purina Mills conducts feed research for all types of animals... Read More

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Donations Needed For Silent Auction To Benefit Racehorse Adoption Program

October 06, 2003

Thistledownracetrack in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the Fourth Annual Silent Auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program on Breeders Cup Day, Sat., Oct. 25. Once again, General Manager Bill Murphy has offered the use of... Read More

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Take the NARHA Challenge

October 06, 2003

The deadline to participate in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association's (NARHA) Challenge Ride 2003 is quickly approaching. This year's promotion will officially conclude on Oct. 31, 2003. The Challenge Ride is an easy way to... Read More

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KDA Veterinarian Learns about Foreign Diseases

October 06, 2003

A Kentucky Department of Agriculture veterinarian has completed a course in diagnosing foreign animal diseases, adding to the state's arsenal of available responses should its livestock ever be threatened--either through natural outbreak or... Read More

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Mineshaft Retired with Minor Injuries

October 06, 2003

Mineshaft, the leading handicap horse in the country, was retired Friday due to what trainer Neil Howard said was a small chip in his right front ankle.

"This morning Dr. Foster Northrop, Mineshaft's vet, his owner, Mr. William Farish,... Read More

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Remaining Saddlebred Healing Well

October 01, 2003

Cats Don't Dance, the remaining injured Saddlebred under treatment at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates in Lexington, Ky., is recovering well, according to his treating veterinarian. On Aug. 27 he was ready to return home shortly.

The... Read More

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Large Animal Rescue Video Deemed a Success

October 01, 2003

USRider, a member-based organization providing trailering assistance throughout North America, has widely distributed a new safety video to increase awareness of the need for correct rescue training with large animals. The organization seeks to... Read More

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Hurricane Isabel's Impact on Virginia

October 01, 2003

Hurricane Isabel hit the Virginia coast with fury on Sept. 18. At its peak over the Atlantic, Isabel was a Category 5 hurricane (winds greater than 155 mph), sending coastal horse owners scrambling for safe shelter for themselves and their... Read More

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Horse Beaten With Shovel

September 30, 2003

A horse in Harnett County, N.C., is recovering after allegedly being beaten with a shovel, according to news stories on the Dunn’s online edition of The Daily Record. Local horse trainer Michael Joseph Nugent, 26, of Anderson Creek, is... Read More

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Old Friends Kentucky Farm in Joint Project

September 30, 2003

Old Friends, the Kentucky-based operation that hopes to give the public access to visit retired Thoroughbred stallions, could open its doors at Afton Farm near Midway, Ky., as early as next March.

Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends... Read More

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Isabel's Impact on North Carolina Horses

September 29, 2003

Hurricane Isabel announced her landfall by hammering coastal North Carolina on Sept. 18. Some of the storm's worst damage was seen in that state. However, due to meticulous disaster planning, most North Carolina horses were out of harm's way... Read More

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Horse Dies in Bahrain Bus Crash

September 25, 2003

One horse was hit and killed by a school bus after traveling onto a Bahrain highway, according to the online edition of the... Read More

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Horse Killed on Highway in Ohio

September 25, 2003

In Bucyrus, Ohio, an Indiana trucker hit a horse on the west end of the U.S. 20 bypass on the night of Sept. 22, according to the online edition of the Telegraph-Forum. The westbound semi reportedly hit the horse around 8:30 pm, throwin... Read More

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Horse, Dog Found Dead in Georgia Creek

September 25, 2003

Animal control officers in Tift County, Ga., responded to reports of a dead horse found floating in a creek off Wiley Branch Road on the afternoon of Sept. 23, according to the online edition of the Tifton Gazette. When the officers... Read More

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Rare Horses Arrived at Bulgaria Zoo

September 25, 2003

A couple of Przevalski's horses arrived Sept. 23 from Switzerland to the freshly opened zoo in Dobrich, Bulgaria, which is 486km northeast of Sofia. The rare breed has not been seen in the wild since 1968, and only 500 specimens can be counted i... Read More

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Colonial Ready to Serve as Horse Evacuation Center

September 18, 2003

With Hurricane Isabel poised to hit land late in the week of Sept. 15, Colonial Downs in Virginia has once again opened its barns to area horses that may have to seek safety from the storm.

"We've done this each of the past couple years,... Read More

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17th Horse Slashing on Arizona Dude Ranch

September 18, 2003

Seventeen horses have been found slashed in the throat on a guest ranch in Tucson, Ariz., since early July. The latest attack happened between midnight and 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, on the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, according to Pima County... Read More

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Horse Bomb Kills Eight People in Colombia

September 18, 2003

A bomb strapped to a horse exploded in a plaza in a small town in northeast Colombia on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, including a toddler, and injuring 20 others, stated the Army in a report in the Read More

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Horses Displaced as Fires Rage in British Columbia

September 16, 2003

Rain, cooler temperatures, and tenacious firefighters are finally extinguishing many of the fires that have burned in British Columbia, Canada, for the last six weeks. Owners of one Thoroughbred farm are rebuilding after flames took two barns,... Read More

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Plans Finalized to Rebuild Illinois Slaughterhouse

September 16, 2003

Plans for rebuilding Cavel International, the horse-slaughtering plant in DeKalb, Ill., that burned down in 2002, have been finalized, according to the Northern Star of Northern Illinois University.

James Tucker, controller for... Read More

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Opportunities in Equine Practice

September 10, 2003

A total of 379 veterinary students from 27 vet schools in the United States and four from Canada gathered Aug. 29-31 in Lexington, Ky., to learn about the ins and outs of being an equine veterinarian at the first annual Opportunities in... Read More

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Pair Pleads 'No Contest' to Felony in Mare's Killing

September 08, 2003

Two Northern California men pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to felony animal cruelty stemming from the torture death of a Thoroughbred mare in Northern California.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert Boyd set Oct. 9 for sentencing of... Read More

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Auburn University Opens New Veterinary Hospital

September 08, 2003

Auburn University has completed construction on its new John Thomas Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital, which was dedicated on August 29.

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Forego Fund Established by TRF

September 03, 2003

Martha Gerry, who raced the champion Forego, has helped the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation establish a fund in his name to help feed the 600+ horses currently being cared for by the program.
Gerry has agreed to lend the name of her former... Read More

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Starting a Rescue Facility

September 01, 2003

Q: I live in Florida, and I am researching private equine rescue facilities. I am interested in starting one in my area. I see a great need for it! Any info that you could send my way would be... Read More