This woman lives about 10 minutes from my house. Her place is HORRIFIC. We (along with several neighbors and friends) rescued about 9 of them last year. What SICKENS me is that we reported them to the ASPCA no less than 3 times. Each time the return report to us was that they had food and water, so there was nothing they could do.
Your right about the bloodlines, supposedly she has "boogerman" and "buckaroo" sons. She also told me she was very well known in the mini horse world. Her comment to me was if "her friends in the mini world knew how little she was selling her horses for, they would be so upset" My response? "If they knew what they looked like they'd be more than upset"
She wanted nothing else to do with me after I "got such a steal" for the 4 I took home with me. She would have fainted at my vet bills though.
If there is ANYTHING I can help with, coordinating...getting #'s.....anything at all, let me know. I am at work all day tommorow (Tues) but will be on the computer if there is something CMHR needs done.
OH MY GOD!!! If you can get anymore of her horses, GET THEM!! We will pay the $200 each and get them OUT OF THERE. Please let me know what we can do.
Forum People, Please be ready to offer Foster homes for these very needy minis!!!!
This is horrid, this is why CMHR is existance. I cannot say what I want about these people. Please anyone reading this do NOT go off on these people and do NOT harrangue the local officials. Let us handle this quietly for the sake of the ones still left.
Lauren, I cannot say enough good about you and your sister. I will be in contact with you tomorrow and we'll see what can be done.
OH MY GOD! HOW can you STARVE a mini!!!! You have to intentionally TRY to kill them!!! A bale of hay will keep them going for eons!!!! Ginny, if there is ANYTHING I can do, please, let me know! I know we are a long way away but let me know! I am sure I speak for Gini Acton as well, she is on a road trip and certainly hasn't seen this yet! Let us know!
What a heartbreaking sight! This person should not be allowed to own anymore horses! These precious little guys don't even look like horses anymore! What pain and agony they have endured! It's hard to believe that anyone would treat these wonderful little horses in such a horrific way! What were they thinking?
I am speachless... All I can do is cry over that picture! Yes everyone, please be ready to help CMHR if you are able to. Not sure how much CMHR can do, but I bet that if there is a number of them that CMHR would be welcome to help with at least foster homes as these animals will have a long recovery process to go through!
I am in total shock that someone could do this to any animal. It just breaks my heart to see the owners, not care enough to let this happen. The owners, should have sold them if they could not care for them.
Good Lord I am so stupid sometimes. After reading what Jody had posted then what Lauren had posted, I got so upset I PMd the wrong person. Jody, I just PMd you for the info. Please, Please let us know what can be done.
Hello everyone --- Court today! It was a very long and exhausting day for everyone involved, and I first need to thank all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to come to the Milford District Courthouse to offer your support and brainstorming skills. There were 12-15 of us there, including our healthy mini , for varying parts of the day, some of us starting at 8:00am and finishing at 4:00 pm. Boston Channel 7 interviewed several of us, and Danielle Williamson who did the original story in the Milford paper was there to follow up. I have been contacted by the Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram as well. I also understand that there was a piece on Boston Channel 4 earlier this evening.
We were fortunate to have stumbled onto a very wise, compassionate judge, a hard working (and very patient!) DA, and even a reasonable (and very frustrated with his client!) defense attorney. The case went before the judge in the morning and DA Shea presented the evidence and pictures we had given him, which were very compelling. I also made sure he had pictures of fat, shiny, and healthy minis. The judge said that he concurred the minis should be removed, but wanted us to come up with a more specific plan of how this was to be accomplished. We went to work on this, and then were invited to view the property and remaining horses by the defendant. !! It was very grim and sad, and we realized, as we were taken on our tour, that Mr. Arnowitz really feels that his horses are in good shape and that he is caring for them properly -- this while admitting that until a month or so ago, there had not been a vet on the premises for 2 years. Nor by what we observed, a farrier either. For today, at least, and probably for this week, since he is back in court on Friday, the horses had clean water, and were literally swimming in a just delivered load of new green hay -- very hard on the systems of starving horses, but at least they had food for the benefit of us and the press corps.
There are many more deplorable details concerning lack of shelter, general filth, and the condition of the horses, and if anyone has any questions, I'll be happy to speak with you, but suffice to say, I had plenty of ammunition when we went back to court and was called on to testify. The MSPCA representative did an admirable job testifying as well. And the consensus was that the two of us were able to adequately counter Jerry's witness, a friend who is a boarding stable owner and who said things like 'minis are small, therefore they look thin', and 'in a herd situation, the stronger ones get all the food.......'(and that's ok?), and 'they should be totally fine in 60 days'. (Not even possible!)
However, the judge was concerned with property rights, and was reluctant to take a private individual's property and give it another private individual or group (us), so............we must come back on Friday with yet another plan. We already have one in the works that involves licensed officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and hopefully I will have good news for you on Friday.
IMPORTANT: There has been an account set up to accept the donations that are already coming in. Please remember that so far, only private funds have been used to care for the rescued minis - most of that coming from Jodie-May Rose and her family who have the original rescued horses. There are 22-28 remaining on the property and they will need your help!
Please make your checks payable to: Rescued Mini Horses
and send to: Unibank
49 Church Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
We would also like to thank Dr.Benson's for a donation of a case of shampoo and a case of TNS Plus vitamins. Thank you!
Thank you again to all who participated in a very difficult, but productive day, and to all the rest of you for your support.
I can't wait to report that these horses are in a safe place!
The Club in NE has things very much under control. The final decision on what to do with the minis will be handed down by the court on Friday. I've been in contact with Cindy, one of the organizers of this rescue and have offered to take in several of the minis and rehab them along with all medical costs. If they have enough homes (and they have had lots of offers) CMHR will make a donation to help wioth the medical costs that are sure to run very high. They can use all of our prayers for a good outcome on Friday.
Thank you to all who have offered their homes and hearts to help these unfortunate minis. One way or the other, they will all be helped. There is a letter in the previous post stating where donations can be sent directly to a bank to help with the huge coming medical costs.
(OH MY GOD! HOW can you STARVE a mini!!!! You have to intentionally TRY to kill them!!! A bale of hay will keep them going for eons!!!! Ginny, if there is ANYTHING I can do, please, let me know! I know we are a long way away but let me know! I am sure I speak for Gini Acton as well, she is on a road trip and certainly hasn't seen this yet! Let us know!)
well not really.... my 2 minis go thro 1/2 a bale daily & our filly eats 1/4 twice a day... each bale is $2.50 now that x 365 divided by 2 is a lot of $... & 4 some no poor that can add up..