The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team remains on the ground in Fulton County Arkansas assisting more than 100 neglected horses. Now, we’ve got photos of the FIR team working with the horses. The dedicated group will spend the holidays making sure that the horses receive the food, medical care and attention they need.
Check out the pictures of our tireless FIR team members and the rescued horses below.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for continuing coverage of this developing story throughout the holidays.
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When the FIR team members arrived at the farm, they found several dead animals and many equines showing signs of neglect that included untreated infections and old fractures. A search warrant was carried out on the farm, which is operated by a man who buys horses at auction and re-sells them to the public, on Thursday, December 9, after a seven-month investigation by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s sad to see so many horses suffering from blatant neglect without food, water and adequate medical care,” reports Kyle Held, Midwest Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We are doing everything we can to quickly address the critical cases, and we are happy to be moving the horses to the temporary shelter.”
The FIR team members, who are working with the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association, spent the past few days collecting evidence and medically evaluating the horses. The animals are currently being cared for on the property, and responders are working to transport the animals to a temporary shelter, where they will continue to receive veterinary treatment under the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.
Stay tuned to aspca.org for more information on this developing story.
On October 7, ASPCA Special Investigator Paul Romano removed Hennessy, a weak and emaciated Pit Bull, from a Staten Island home. She was found tied to a short leash, and veterinarians at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital determined that the skeletal dog had been starved.
Flash forward to December, and Hennessy is hardly the same dog. (Check out the before-and-after pics below!) During her stay at the ASPCA, she’s gained 92 percent of her body weight.
While hospital staff takes care of Hennessy, Humane Law Enforcement Agents are taking care of business. On December 11, Agents arrested Laquanda Carter, Hennessy’s owner. Carter, 27, was charged with animal abuse and faces a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted.
Hennessy was rescued thanks to a concerned neighbor who reported the abuse. If you suspect an animal is being abused, don’t keep it to yourself—report it to your local authorities.
We’ve got a new ace in the hole in our fight against blood sports: Animal Fighting Specialist Terry Mills. The newest Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team member will help bolster the ASPCA’s arsenal in the war on animal fighting. Mills will train law enforcement officials nationwide and work with them to spearhead investigations of dog fighting, cockfighting and other blood sports.
Mills is a major player in his field who received the ASPCA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in October 2009. He’s known for his work with the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) on the 2009 dog fighting raid that covered eight states, eliminating one of the largest dog fighting operations in U.S. history. Mills, who has 30 years’ experience at MSHP, spent 18 months before the raid as an undercover officer, gaining access to the underground world of organized dog fighting and collecting extensive evidence.
Mills joins the FIR team at a time when Americans are becoming more informed about organized animal fighting. According to our recent poll on blood sports, one in 10 Americans has known or suspected that someone they know is involved in organized animal fighting; more than half—51 percent—of respondents are aware of the connection between organized animal fighting and other serious crimes; and 81 percent of the general population say more resources are necessary to stop animal fighting, particularly training for law enforcement.
“As the public learns more about this issue, the ASPCA is being called to respond to more blood sports investigations than ever before,” says Tim Rickey, Senior Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Terry’s background will be a vital resource in training law enforcement to combat this cruel form of animal abuse.”