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   In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) in Grenada, worked with the Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend on a horse cruelty case, capturing animals found to be abandoned and roaming in the roadway, according to Doll Stanley, HAS director.
   “The family living at the property had been evicted and left with the horses they were able to transport in a borrowed trailer,” Stanley said. “The animals left behind -- two horses, a donkey, and four dogs -- were not left with provisions for their care, nor was care arranged for them.”
   Among the seized animals was a horse belonging to a neighbor, according to Stanley. The horse, a mare, had made her way onto the property when the donkey broke the fence separating the properties. The mare was emaciated and had clearly been the subject of chronic food deprivation, according to Stanley.
   IDA’s large animal veterinarian, Dr. Thomas Abernethy from Veterinary Associates in Grenada, determined the mare, which appeared to be under a year’s age, was actually closer to seven or eight years of age.
   He also confirmed a report given to HAS that the guardians who abandoned the animals had lost horses to botulism, the result of providing rotting hay, according to Stanley.
   The economic slump that has affected many families is not an excuse for the neglect or abandonment of the animals that depend on their guardians for life sustaining care and provisions, Stanley said. HAS’s team has participated in numerous abandonment cases and recognizes the difference between caring guardians who reach out for help when they can no longer provide for their animals and people who have chosen a lifestyle that fosters the neglect of all their responsibilities.
For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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