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Wilma Hits Mexico; Florida Should See Storm Early Next Week

October 21, 2005

Category 4 Hurricane Wilma hit portions of Mexico today (Oct. 21) with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended out from the hurricane up to 85 miles, and tropical storm winds reached outward up to 200 miles. The... Read More

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Preparing for Wilma: Intrastate Requirements for Animals Lifted in Florida

October 20, 2005

Florida agriculture officials have temporarily suspended intrastate requirements for those animals fleeing areas that could be hit by Hurricane Wilma.

Also, "Georgia and Alabama have waived the interstate requirements for those animals... Read More

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Hurricane Wilma Heads Toward the Florida Keys

October 19, 2005

Six weeks remain in hurricane season, and Nature isn't wasting any time. According to a public advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS) Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., Hurricane Wilma is moving toward the Yucatan as a "potentially... Read More

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2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes Coverage

October 19, 2005

Coverage of the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the equine population in the Gulf Coast area in 2005.... Read More

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Microchip Interest Increases After Hurricanes

October 18, 2005

At least two microchip manufacturers said they experienced recent increased interest in their products, presumably as a result of the animal identification problems following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These companies said they worked with... Read More

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Kentucky Farmers Help Hurricane Victims

October 14, 2005

This growing season has had its challenges for Kentucky farmers. Some areas have experienced severe drought conditions. Then there are the typical challenges of disease, soil erosion and unpredictable market conditions. Imagine though that you... Read More

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Kentucky Livestock Feed Bound for Louisiana

October 14, 2005

A second load of livestock feed from Kentucky is on its way to hurricane-battered farmers near the Gulf Coast. A truck carrying 23 tons of feed is en route to Louisiana State University's Iberia agriculture research station in Jeanerette in... Read More

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LSU 2006 Stallion Service Auction Starts

October 14, 2005

Bidding for the 2006 multiple-breed, internet-based Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Louisiana State University Equine Health Studies Program begins today (Oct. 14).

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More Louisiana Hurricane Horses Identified

October 13, 2005

A tattoo or a microchip and some good record keeping can go a long way in reuniting horses with their owners. So says Bonnie Clark, president of the Louisiana Equine Council, who has been heading up the horse hurricane relief effort at the... Read More

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Vets Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

October 12, 2005

With water pooling in places that it normally doesn't and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in the reports of illnesses such as tetanus,... Read More

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Event Celebrates Equine Volunteers at Lamar-Dixon

October 10, 2005

The scene at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center during the past five weeks has been all business. Veterinarians, veterinary students, and volunteers have dutifully cared for the facility's residents--Katrina's equine refugees that were rescued from their... Read More

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Days End Report from Louisiana, Oct. 6

October 06, 2005

Allan Schwartz, vice president of Days End Farm Horse Rescue from Lisbon, Md., said there were two things that they wouldn't be able to share with others once they returned home from rescue work following the hurricanes: The smells of rot and... Read More

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Louisiana Animals Still Suffering

October 05, 2005

While much of the focus of the country remains on the areas struck by Hurricane Katrina, the people and animals hit hard by Hurricane Rita are in need.

Allan Schwartz, vice president of Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) from Lisbon,... Read More

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Only Four Rescued Horses Are Unidentified at Lamar-Dixon; Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony to be Held Oct. 9

October 05, 2005

Nearly 400 horses and mules have been processed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La., since post-hurricane rescues began, and according to Bonnie Clark, president of the Louisiana Equine Council, all but four have unique identificatio... Read More

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Texas A&M Vet Hospital Used for Human Patients During Rita

October 04, 2005

The following was a press release on Sept. 28 by Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates.

For the second time in three weeks, Texas A&M University on Sept. 20 mobilized to care for evacuees from a major hurricane--Rita.

This... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Gala To Benefit Hurricane Victims

October 04, 2005

Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the 2005 Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration will be held on the evening of Friday, Oct. 28, at historic Roseland Ballroom in New York, with... Read More

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Days End From the Front Lines

September 30, 2005

"We're walking through three feet of human waste and smelling death everywhere; it's not glamorous," described Allan Schwartz, vice president of Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) from Lisbon, Md., on Sept. 29 while working to help animals and... Read More

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Vet on Hurricanes: The Ripples are Impressive

September 29, 2005

Sonny Corley, DVM, of Acadiana Equine Clinic in Lafayette, La., climbed a fence to leave another note Tuesday night on the door of the clinic belonging to Johnny Reina, DVM, in Lake Charles, La. He had visited the hurricane-damaged site three... Read More

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Disaster Response: Top 10 Ways to Make a Real Impact

September 28, 2005

In the last decade, there have been outstanding improvements in planning for animals in disasters nationwide. We can learn many early lessons from the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that affected the Gulf Coast to allow us as veterinarians... Read More

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Texas: Evacuations Minimized Rita's Impact

September 27, 2005

Early evacuations of the Texas Gulf Coast significantly reduced Hurricane Rita’s impact on the state’s livestock industry. According to the Texas Animal Health Commission, more than 10,000 head of livestock, mostly horses, were evacuated to... Read More

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Updated Supplies Needed List for Rita-Affected Horses and Other Animals

September 27, 2005

Veterinary and medical supplies are needed immediately in Southwest Louisiana for Hurricane Rita victims. Below is the current list; it will be updated as information becomes available. Please contact those listed if you are able to donate any o... Read More

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Recovering from Rita's Wrath

September 27, 2005

Initial assessments of storm-torn areas in southwestern Louisiana showed that many horse owners were able to get out of Hurricane Rita's way before it battered the coast as a Category 4 storm on Saturday, Sept. 24. Veterinarians said that while... Read More

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AHJF Helps Katrina Victims

September 26, 2005

A press release from the board of the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) expressed their sadness over the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. As the need for emergency recovery assistance declines, the board of the AHJF stated they ar... Read More

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Texas Addresses Hurricane Rita's Animal Issues

September 26, 2005

Before Hurricane Rita passed through Texas, agricultural-related agencies and associations teamed up in support of the Division of Emergency Management to address animal and livestock rescue, and recovery and disposal of carcasses.

"In... Read More

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Subscription Delivery Hampered by Gulf Coast Hurricanes

September 26, 2005

While delivery of a magazine subscription is probably the last thing on the minds of people living in areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, The Horse would like to assure our readers in these areas that they won't lose their... Read More