26 Horses Rescued from Horrific Highway Accident Receiving Care

September 28, 2006

Horses Suffered Multiple Injuries; Some in Critical Condition

26 of the 42 horses involved in a trailer accident on Highway I-44 early yesterday morning near St. Clair, Missouri are alive and being cared for at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch and several local equine centers.The 26 living horses sustained injuries which include head trauma, internal injuries, eye swelling, ruptured tendon sheath, cuts and lacerations. One is suffering some leg paralysis. One small colt suffered nerve damage in his lower lip. Veterinarians sutured additional lacerations suffered by a pregnant mare who remains in guarded condition. All experienced severe trauma and, according to veterinarians, will require some time to recover.”This was our worst possible nightmare, but one that we’re prepared for,” said Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Director Earlene Cole. The ranch is caring for eight of the rescued horses, one of which may need hospitalization.The horses were bound for a slaughter house in Dekalb, IL. The Humane Society of Missouri is working to gain custody of the rescued horses to prevent them from being slaughtered and to provide them with a safe haven.The Humane Society of Missouri vigorously supports the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503), recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The U.S. Senate must pass its version of the bill (S. 1915).

Make a donation to help defer the costs of this rescue and the Humane Society’s efforts to obtain custody of these animals. Donate online or call 314.951.1542.