On March 16, under the authority and request of the SPCA Serving Erie County (NY) members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team were dispatched to assist in the sheltering management and care of 73 horses seized from what is believed to be the area's largest farm animal rescue ever. More than 100 animals—including 53 cats and four dogs—were found living in deplorable and extremely unsanitary conditions on a farm in East Aurora, NY.
aspca field investigation and response team member, kyle held, comforts one of the rescued horses.
"Our goal is to help the SPCA Serving Erie County rehabilitate these horses, both physically and behaviorally," says Jeff Eyre, ASPCA Northeast Director of Field Investigations and Response. "We are glad to be able to provide support to the SPCA and the Erie County community."
For the horses' extended care, the ASPCA will grant $10,000 to the SPCA Serving Erie County and has provided them with a livestock trailer for transport. The Field Investigations and Response Team, as well as ASPCA staff skilled in horse handling, will be on hand to feed, water and clean the animals' for the next two to three weeks. Members of the American Humane Association have also been recruited to assist in the animals care. The ASPCA has contacted local veterinarians to provide pro-bono veterinary exams for the horses. The cats and dogs are being cared for at the SPCA's Tonawanda shelter.
aspca team members evaluate one of the rescued horses.
"So many people have been emotionally affected by this case—not just SPCA staff and volunteers, but hundreds of members of the community who are communicating with us through phone calls, e-mails and letters," says SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr. "The fact that the ASPCA has stepped in with such an extreme level of assistance and care for these beautiful animals is overwhelming. It will make a difference not only in the lives of the horses, but in the minds of everyone involved."
Stay tuned for the latest information about the rescued animals and for information on how you can report cruelty, please visit ASPCA.org.