It’s not just a dog or any sentient being!!

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All who walked away from Kingston played a part in his neglect, says rescuer

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“I first saw this story on Face Book & couldn’t share as I didn’t have permission, but now it’s on Examiner’s site, you can read all about it!”

“Reading  about a dog, alone & lost in the world will break your heart & make you cry!. But please, read it, read all the links below, for the sake of Kingston & all the other dogs, people pass by without a second glance.” R.I.P Kingston x

Kingston, sick and starving, abandoned by owners, ignored by neighbors

I apologize for taking so long to post an update,” Jamie Mitschke wrote on her Facebook page. “It has been a long, exhausting day trying to help Kingston and dealing with my other fosters.”

Anyone who has ever rescued even one animal knows the feeling. When you’re responsible for several of them, the exhaustion factor skyrockets, both physically and emotionally.

Yet Mischke diligently went on to describe the disturbing details of her experiences on that brutally hot day in one of Houston’s most impoverished areas.

A volunteer with Love Puppy Breath Rescue, Mischke had devoted her Sunday to join other volunteers from Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project and Corridor Rescue, Inc. so as to locate and help an abandoned, deathly ill and starved dog who they named “Kingston.”

Mischke’s account not only sheds additional light on the events reported previously here on Animal Policy Examiner; she concludes with a moving plea for more citizen involvement to improve the plight of the world’s many forgotten and desperate animals.

‘They said he looked like a hyena—they were scared of him’

“Kingston was originally seen by a healthcare worker at an apartment complex,” Mischke began. “She fed him yesterday and emailed Kelle Mann Davis [of Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project]. Kelle posted the pictures to Facebook late last night and I couldn’t get the dog out of my head.

“At 7:00 a.m. today, plans were sealed to go on the search. We arrived at the complex just after 8:00 a.m. and talked to a lot of residents.

“It seemed everyone knew Kingston. They said he looked like a hyena, that we shouldn’t touch him, and that they were scared of him.

“Poor Kingston had been hanging around the dumpsters and sleeping under cars for quite a long time—it’s unclear how long—and no one lifted a finger until the amazing healthcare worker reached out.

“We drove and walked the complex and surrounding streets, always hearing stories of the hyena dog, but it wasn’t until almost five hours later that we found him.

“Kelle and her wonderful husband came upon him walking down the middle of the road, and when the dog tried to make it over to Kelle, he collapsed. I was on the other side of the apartment complex, so Kelle called.

“I got there, and when we lifted him off the street, I was unable to feel any femoral pulses. Poor Kingston was in very bad condition. His mucus membrane color was terrible, his skin obviously horrible, and he was crawling with ants.

‘At least he got one day of love’: Sick, starved dog finally found comfort

“The local area offered little for veterinary care. He would have to be in the car for almost 45 minutes till we reached a vet. We made him as comfortable as we could.

Yvette sat in the back of the car with him on the way and she said that he was eating and was trying to get up and move. She kept him calm and finally he laid his head in her lap and relaxed. Poor guy.

“Kingston is at the vet now. His blood work wasn’t as bad as we imagined, but it’s not great. He is heart worm positive of course, and has sarcoptic mange. We’ll know more later.”

‘At least he knew one day of love”

Tragically, Kingston did not make it. The illnesses, severe malnutrition, and deadly dehydration that had mounted during untold months or years of neglect combined to create an enemy too fierce for even the expert and devoted care he had finally found.

Mischke, her fellow rescuers, and the many others who followed the dog’s harrowing story only took consolation in knowing that, as DeAnna McGuire Clawson put it, “at least he knew one day of love.”

‘Please don’t turn your back on strays’

“Every single person that saw Kingston and walked away played a part in his neglect,” Mischke wrote, “including the original person who owned him.

“Please, PLEASE…don’t turn your back on strays. That is how they get to this condition.

“We understand that not everyone can take on a stray, but reach out. There ARE people that will help. There are people like us. Find us. We WANT you to find us.”

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‘At least he got one day of love’: Sick, starved dog finally found comfort

Rescuers urge police to investigate case of fatally starved dog Kingston

Dog Dies in Iowa Heat: Was It Animal Neglect?

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“If people don’t think to themselves ‘wow it’s hot, I best check the dog‘s got water etc. etc’ then perhaps they shouldn’t have animals!”

Here’s a story that ran on Urbandale Patch. We’re running it here as a sad reminder that pets can suffer from the heat just as we can.

Urbandale police are investigating whether the death of a German shepherd left outdoors in the heat last week is a case on animal neglect.

Police arrived last Friday at a home in the 3100 block of 67th Street after someone called concerned about the welfare of a dog there. They found the dog dead in an outdoor kennel, said Lt. Rob Johansen.

He said there was no water in the kennel at the time they found the animal.

Officers spoke to a 17-year-old boy who was home at the time. He lives with his 38-year-old mother, who was not there.

An autopsy will be conducted on the animal to determine its cause of death.  The high temperature in Des Moines was 93 degrees that day, according to the National Weather Service.

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Convictions soar in animal cruelty cases

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ANIMAL protection authorities are striking back hard at the worst abusers with a four-fold rise in prosecutions in five years.

But the RSPCA is facing a new challenge in the increasing abandonment of animals, which it says is partly caused by rising financial pressures on households.

Figures released to The Advertiser by the RSPCA show there were 2200 public reports of ill-treatment of animals in the last financial year.

Of those, 69 alleged offenders were prosecuted and all but two cases resulted in convictions.

This is a big jump on the 17 prosecutions recorded in 2007-08.

Despite the court successes, the number of animals suffering abuse remains staggeringly high.

Animal protection authorities are striking back with a rise in convictions for abuse and cruelty.

Among the thousands of cases reported last financial year are allegations a 30kg german shepherd was kept locked in a galah cage measuring 70cm by 70cm by 90cm. Inspectors are also investigating decapitation of a lamb and the deaths of two six-week-old labrador-cross puppies in a sealed garbage bag.

RSPCA chief inspector Simon Richards said the “significant increase” in prosecutions was a result of changes to the Animal Welfare Act in 2008. Under the new Act, fines and prison terms were doubled to a maximum four-year jail term or a $50,000 fine, which encouraged the public to come forward. ” I have yet to see anyone jailed for 4 years, & have seen many cases worthy of a 4 year jail sentence. Perhaps the Judges should see the abuse first hand, that might jee them up to actually prosecute & jail people!”

Our penalties are among the highest in the country (and) our prosecution rate is higher than any other state,” Mr Richards said.

“The tougher penalties indicate the public opinion on animal cruelty and how abhorrent it is, and have increased people’s awareness.”

Although investigative techniques had “vastly improved” in recent years, thanks to forensic science, the RSPCA prosecutes just 3 per cent of reported cases.

“A prosecution is not a win for the RSPCA – we’re about prevention,” Mr Richards said. “A small proportion of  our cruelty reports result in prosecution and, obviously, there’s an enormous number that don’t – we resolve those issues through education (of alleged offenders). Prosecution is for the worst of the worst … ”

University of SA psychology lecturer Dr Alan Campbell said cruelty could be motivated by revenge or a misplaced sense of “fun”.

“Animals are easy targets … for a period of time they can get off on the killing and when that happens, consequences just go out the window,” he said. “For others, it’s to demonstrate violence (or) the power one has over a family. Killing a family pet demonstrates that (a person) can kill a family.”

Neglect cases, he said, were often borne out of ignorance. “One can’t blame ignorance as an excuse not to feed animals, ignorance means ‘Oh, I didn’t know it needed food to survive’ !! Please…even small kids know animals need food…anyone can see a skinny animal & know that it needs food or it will die. That’s not ignorance, that’s just sheer laziness! Or a case of  ‘you wanted it so you feed it’ …& of course they don’t, so the poor thing dies, then they all blame each other!”

“The majority just can’t be bloody bothered to feed their animals, especially if it means them having to leave their cozy house & go out back to feed a dog, or to a barn or field to feed horses or cattle…most of the time it’s simply because they just can’t be arsed! “

“There may be an understanding that animals can fend for themselves,” he said.

“They believe you should be able to leave them in paddocks to eat grass, or dogs and cats in a pen and chuck some food in there.” “So are we to assume these owners don’t look at the animals, that they are blind, they can’t see that their horses or dogs are skin & bone? Of course they can…but these are the animals who are not pets as such, they are just garden ornaments or their to protect property. Therefore not to be loved or attended to, these owners,  just throw the odd bit of food & nothing else!

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Pregnant woman and boyfriend arrested for dog fighting, cruelty to animals

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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB)Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a woman and a man accused of dog fighting and animal cruelty.

Brittany Ward, 24, was arrested on Monday night at her residence in the 700 block of Sixth St. in Donaldsonville. Deputies said they saw several dogs in the backyard with chains around their necks and no access to food or water.

Joseph Duncan, 28, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Ward’s mother, Valerie Bennett, who lives across the street, admitted her daughter knew what was allegedly going on at the house, but she does not think Ward should be held responsible.

“She does know he dog fight. But it’s not her fault that she in the house and she doesn’t know what goes on on the outside of the house,” Bennett said.

One of the dogs rescued from the house

Police said two of the dogs had scabs that appear to be from fighting. Another dog was found dead with bite marks and duct tape around its muzzle. Detectives said it is typical for a dog to be used as bait in a fighting ring.

Ward and Duncan are charged each with five counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, five counts of confined animals, lack of necessary food and water, and dog fighting.

The four pit bulls and another small dog found alive in the yard are being held in the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter.

Ward’s bond was set Tuesday afternoon at $215,000. Bond has not yet been set for Duncan. Duncan was convicted of dog fighting in 2003.

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Tulsa SPCA rescues dozens of animals from cruel conditions – FOX23 News

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The Tulsa SPCA assisted with hoarding and cruelty case in central Oklahoma.

On Monday, the Tulsa SPCA and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office rescued about 20 goats, 20 chickens, 8 bunnies, 2 border collies, and a pig. The Tulsa SPCA took these animals to an animal advocate from a Bristow animal sanctuary.

The sheriff’s office is only saying these complaints were filed in central Oklahoma. The case will be investigated as a animal cruelty because of the conditions at the location.

SPCA officials say bunnies were dying as they were being rescued and that the chickens were being housed in a semi and there were several dead animals in with the 20 chickens that were rescued. Officials also say there were 80 goat skeletons on the property in addition to the 20 goats that were rescued.

Lori Hall is the Tulsa SPCA Executive Director received a call Sunday from an animal cruelty investigator saying these animals needed to be removed from an animal hoarder‘s property immediately.

“See how skinny they are,” Hall said. “That’s just so pathetic.”

Hall believes she can find them good homes but she will have to deworm them and get them healthy enough first.

“I know once we get them in here we can take care of them and get them good homes and that’s our goal,” said Hall.

A veterinarian will be there Friday to examine all the animals. They are temporally housed at the Tulsa SPCA and will be moved into foster care this week, the animals will then be nursed back to health and be put up for adoption.

If you would like to adopt an animal you can call the Tulsa SPCA (918) 428-7722

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Charles Town exotic cat owner charged with animal cruelty for abandonment

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Charles Town Police Department on Friday announced thatRyan Houde, the owner of ten exotic cats found in a vacant home at 51 Shutt Court in Charles Town, W. Va. has been charged with ten counts of animal cruelty. Nine Savannah cats and one Serval were living in filth and excrement.

Owner and breeder of exotic cats Ryan Houde was charged with animal cruelty for abandoning 10 cats in his home.

The neglected animals were found in May when a man who was checking on the house went into the basement and thought he spotted either a cheetah or a leopard. The house was reported to be in the process of foreclosure and appeared to have been abandoned.

Houde, 28 turned himself into authorities on June 5 and was released in lieu of $7500 bond.

According to a Google website Houde, 28 owns Shutt Court Savannahs, and sells kittens and breeder cats for prices ranging from $750 to $1500. It appears several kittens were recently sold.

Servals are medium-sized African wild cats often recognized by their boldly spotted coats. Females can range in weight from 15 to 26 pounds while males can weigh from 20 to 40 pounds. According to Wikipedia, the cats are nocturnal, solitary and can leap up to 12 feet horizontally from a stationary position to precisely land on their prey.

Servals are commonly used to breed with domestic cats to produce Savannah cats.

One Savannah cat was euthanized because it bit one of the officers. The rest have been turned over to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in southern Pennsylvania. The organization is a sanctuary for displaced exotic animals. You can follow the organization on their Facebook page by clicking here.

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Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys – Death & Disarray At America’s Racetracks Video

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“Watch the informative video at the link below, this is the video script”

A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on Sept. 3 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico and was euthanized. His body was then dumped in a junkyard next to an old toilet at Ruidoso, a short walk from where he had been sold at auction the previous year.

The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk.

RUIDOSO, N.M. — At 2:11 p.m., as two ambulances waited with motors running, 10 horses burst from the starting gate at Ruidoso Downs Race Track 6,900 feet up in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains.

Nineteen seconds later, under a brilliant blue sky, a national champion jockey named Jacky Martin lay sprawled in the furrowed dirt just past the finish line, paralyzed, his neck broken in three places. On the ground next to him, his frightened horse, leg broken and chest heaving, was minutes away from being euthanized on the track.

For finishing fourth on this early September day last year, Jacky Martin got about $60 and possibly a lifetime tethered to a respirator.

The next day, it nearly happened again. At virtually the same spot, another horse broke a front leg, pitching his rider headfirst into the ground. The jockey escaped serious injury, but not the 2-year-old horse, Teller All Gone. He was euthanized, and then dumped near an old toilet in a junkyard a short walk from where he had been sold at auction the previous year.

In the next 24 hours, two fearful jockeys refused their assigned mounts. The track honored two other riders who had died racing. As doctors fought to save Mr. Martin’s life, a sign went up next to the track tote board: “Hang in there, Jacky. We love you.”

 On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down.

In 2008, after a Kentucky Derby horseEight Belles, broke two ankles on national television and was euthanized, Congress extracted promises from the racing industry to make its sport safer. While safety measures like bans on anabolic steroids have been enacted, assessing their impact has been difficult because many tracks do not keep accurate accident figures or will not release them.

But an investigation by The New York Times has found that industry practices continue to put animal and rider at risk. A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.

If anything, the new economics of racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so. Faced with a steep loss of customers, racetracks have increasingly added casino gambling to their operations, resulting in higher purses but also providing an incentive for trainers to race unfit horses. At Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the number of dead and injured horses has risen sharply since a casino opened there late last year.

Mr. Martin’s injury occurred in a state with the worst safety record for racetracks, a place where most trainers who illegally pump sore horses full of painkillers to mask injury — and then race them — are neither fined nor suspended and owners of those drugged horses usually keep their winnings.

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‘Abused’ dogs in Cyprus need help

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A DOG lover is helping set up a charity to rescue abandoned an neglected dogs in Cyprus.

MBTC-01-05-12- Samantha Boyle. Cyprus Dogs. Ampthill. Samantha Boyle and Patsy Jefcote with dogs Binky(pointer, greyhound cross) and Muffin(cyprus poodle).

Samantha Boyle, who lives in Houghton Conquest, is appealing for people to come forward to take in abandoned dogs from Cyprus, as well as people to help fundraise for the charity.

Samantha, 42, got involved with the charity UK-Cyprus Dog Rescue Group after she was left shocked at the state of abandoned, lost and neglected pets that were wandering the streets.

She said: “There is an awful lots of dogs in Cyprus who have been abandoned and abused, it’s not like it is over here.

“It was horrendous to see what these dogs are put through, some have malnutrition, they’ve been hurt, neglected, Many owners do not microchip their dogs, so there are a lot of lost dogs just wandering the street and they are stolen.

Kennels are over-run and the dogs are just left there or killed if nobody takes them in.”

Samantha, who has looked after dogs for years, said that Cyprus has a massive problem with hunter dogs, as they are just discarded by their owners once the hunting season is over.

She added; “Attitudes in Cyprus towards animal welfare range from people who respect and love for animals as much as we Brits do to total ignorance and in some cases downright cruelty.

“Pointers dogs are typically abandoned by the hunters after the shooting season. They will shoot the dogs or tie their legs together and drown them.

“Unfortunately a lot of people in Cyprus will not take a working dog due to the belief that is all they are good to do.

A fundraisng event is taking place on Sunday, May 20 from 1pm at Houghton House for a doggy picnic and photoshoot. To help fundraise or to take in a dog call Samantha on 07985 242559

Animal Welfare in Cyprus is still very much in its infancy and despite legislation being passed by the Cypriot Government the enforcement of these laws is still lagging behind. . This has led to a serious problem with strays. Some individuals who dislike dogs resort to putting poison on paths where dog walkers take their dogs, or even throw poisoned food over into a garden. There are many hunting dogs in need of homes.

Pointers typically are abandoned by the hunters after the shooting season, left to starve or if lucky, found and placed either in a shelter or a pound. Unfortunately a lot of people in Cyprus will not take a working dog due to the belief that is all they are good to do.

For anyone who has ever owned a gun dog breed here in the UK will know what wonderful family pets these dogs make.

Volunteer Rescue groups work arduously to help these dogs which end up in the local pounds, by visiting the dogs to show them human contact, feed them and give them water and bedding. There are only so many dogs these volunteers can reach and after 15 days, if not claimed, they are put to sleep. Some of these dogs could be somebody’s pet but as already mentioned earlier, micro chipping facilities are not available within the municipal pounds therefore an owner will not be notified of a dog been found.

It is our intention to help as many dogs as we can from our base in the UK. We have many fund raising events through out the country to raise the funds to fly a dog to the UK. On average one dog costs £600 to get to the UK with all veterinary treatment, foster care and flight. We then must ensure suitable homes are found for the dogs we work with. Home checks are thorough and we keep in touch with the adopters and offer any support required.

Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed

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“The following is very upsetting for anyone who loves animals & horses, especially those who own horses like myself; which is why I have inserted the PETA Video at the end. Please use your own discretion on viewing it! . If you are an American or Canadian Citizen, please use your voice…put an end to their suffering…Please!!”

“Once again, my fellow animal warrior & sister against animal abuse, has lent her exquisite voice & artistic impression, toward the fight against horse slaughter!.” 

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Slaughtering horses for human consumption, or any other reason, is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and we need to stand up all together against this atrocious practice before anymore horses are killed. 

Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile,36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a “kill pen” in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

Royale With Speed was saved from the slaughterhouse, where he would have faced a terrifying death. Undercover video footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. In another instance, a worker was taped waving good-bye mockingly to a dying horse. In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily closed the slaughterhouse, but the plant resumed operations just days later and is now attempting to use rifles in place of captive-bolt guns, even though they have been shown to be a cruel and ineffective way to stun horses.

Your voice is needed today please click this link to sign petitions:-! American or Canadian Citizen

  • If you are an American citizen, voice your support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent U.S. horses from being transported to slaughterhouses, effectively ending the slaughter of U.S. horses for food. The bill is currently sitting in committees in Congress and may fall through the cracks if we don’t act fast. Jillian has penned letters to the committee chairs urging each to consider the bill. Join her in contacting the committee chairs and sign your letter below.
  • If you are a Canadian citizenvoice your support for C-322, which would ban the import and export of horses for slaughter for human consumption in Canada.

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A PETA investigator gets on board a slaughterhouse-bound truck in order to expose the fate of unwanted horses, from the auction house to the supermarket. (long verision)

Record number of Alta. wild horses caught, many slaughtered for meat

CALGARY — A record number of wild horses were captured in Alberta this year — a sevenfold increase from the average — and many are slaughtered for their meat, said the president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society.

Alberta allows for the humane capture of wild horses, and in the last five years an average of 30 horses have been captured per year.

This year, Sustainable Resource Development says 216 horses were captured between December 2011 and February 2012 of a possible 237 permits issued for the season. They are usually caught west of Sundre, Alta.

Bob Henderson, president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society, said more than 90 per cent of the horses that are captured are sent for slaughter.

“These horses are part of our natural heritage,” said Henderson.

His organization doesn’t oppose capturing wild horses if it’s done for adoption and the group managed to get nine of wild horses this year for that purpose.

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