“However, this post, being the 4th & last post on this story to date, show’s a totally different horse! The picture below, which they claim is the rescued horse, is a Chestnut colour, with a white blaze down his face, & 2 white hind socks. So, either I have got the stories mixed up or they’re showing the wrong horse. One could be forgiven for mistaking colours, but not white markings on the face or white socks on the legs….I’m intrigued now…Very strange!!!”
As the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) completes its investigation of the recently reported Big Springs horse abuse case, Agricultural Commissioner Patrick Griffin said he would like to set the record straight regarding allegations that Animal Control did not respond to calls about the alleged abuse.
Griffin oversees the Animal Control division of the Siskiyou County Department of Agriculture.
The Animal Control division has recently come under fire due to allegations that officers did not respond to numerous reports over the months of the three emaciated horses at the Big Springs residence.
When officials from the SCSO responded to the scene on March 31, one horse was reportedly buried alive, according to an eyewitness who videotaped the incident. Of the two surviving horses, the mare had to be euthanized while under the care of a veterinarian, and the gelding was successfully rescued. He has gained 100 pounds since his rescue, and he is enjoying his new location where he is receiving excellent care, Griffin said.
“The Animal Control office has been reluctant to engage in discussions related to the horse case in Big Springs because we did not want to compromise the ongoing investigation,” Griffin wrote in a press release issued Friday. However, “Since there has been so much inaccurate information presented about this case, I would like to address the facts relating to Animal Control’s response to the incident.”
According to Griffin, a thorough review of the Animal Control call log and messages beginning Jan. 1 has been completed. The release states that since Jan. 1, Animal Control has received 1,359 phone calls.
“There were no calls relating to horse abuse in Big Springs except the ones received on or after March 30. I have a very high level of confidence in Animal Control’s phone log and message recording system and conclude that Animal Control received no calls regarding this incident prior to March 30,” Griffin stated in the release.
Griffin noted that county offices were closed Friday, March 30 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.
“(Animal Control) received the first call that Friday morning at 8:12 a.m. The office was closed but the message was recorded. Several other calls were received over the weekend. On Monday morning (April 2) at 8:28 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office called us regarding the horses. Animal Control responded within minutes of notification. Back-up assistance from the Sheriff’s Office was requested as well as veterinary assistance,” Griffin said.
He noted that it is Animal Control’s policy to respond to all reports of animal abuse, but in this case, “We simply weren’t called. We responded as soon as we were made aware.”
- Two horses die, one rescued in Big Springs animal cruelty case (preciousjules1985.wordpress.com)