They’ve reached a new low!
Despite ongoing litigation the US Army – Civilian led Environmental Division / Range Control at Fort Polk again has decided to proceed with unethical capture of horses using damaging capture methods.
As of 4/30/18 it is reported that approx 37 Horses are in the North Fort holding pen. The pen is approximately 150ft x 150ft and is holding studs, mares and babies all together.
70% of horses in holding have wounds / deep lacerations on the pastern or fetlock area ….indicative of winching and/or roped and dragged by legs
Additional documented injuries are as follows:
- Gray mare yellow puss coming out of fetlock wound
- Bay yearling can’t put weight on hind end
- Boss stud has laceration on neck
Majority of the horses are injured.
Initially 9 horses were seen late last week and over night the count grew to 37 so these horses are likely to be in holding at another location before being brought to the holding pen located on North Fort Polk.
Pegasus’s witnesses and experts, including Dr. Brendan Batt, Dr. Tom King, Stacey Alleman McKnight, and Dr. Bruce Nock, as well as other local organizations have explicitly expressed that they are available to the Army for consultation and would love to help. The Army should also consult with Dr. Sponenberg (Amicus) and the Livestock Conservancy, as well as national groups like HSUS, state groups like COLAA, and organizations with wild horse experience including American Wild Horse Campaign.
The only way to find the best solutions is to engage in honest and open consultation with as many experienced people, experts, and local stakeholders. It is extremely unfortunate that the Army has chosen to ignore help and proceed with cruel and inhumane capture methods.
The horses are in immediate danger and urgently need veterinary care due to injuries sustained during unethical and inhumane capture.
Under Louisiana Criminal Law Statue § 14:102.1 it is a Crime to withhold veterinary care once the horses have been remanded into their custody.
Feel free to include the following in your message:
The Army’s capture methods have injured the Fort Polk horses, and failure to provide veterinary care now that the Army has captured the horses and are keeping them in a corral is an ongoing crime in Louisiana. The Army must hire an INDEPENDENT veterinarian, one not associated with the contractors who inflicted these injuries, to treat the horses’ wounds and provide ongoing care while they are in the Army’s possession:
A. (1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence commits any of the following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to animals:
(c) Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, unjustifiably fails to provide it with proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper veterinary care.
(i) Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.
(3) For purposes of this Subsection, if more than one animal is subject to an act of cruel treatment by an offender, each act shall constitute a separate offense.
La. Revised Statute § 14:102.1
Contact Key Decision Makers and implore them to allow an INDEPENDENT veterinarian to address the welfare of these horses.
I encourage EVERYONE to contact the following people IMMEDIATELY and you are more than welcome to cc me on any and all correspondence relating to the welfare of these horses, cc this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Contact LDAF State Vet Dr Brent Robbins
Dr. Jonathon Roberts
Dr Diane Stacy
2.) Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
John Walther, Assistant Commisioner
File a Complaint: 225-922-1234
Livestock Sanitary Board: 225-925-3980
Buying/Selling/Transport without certificate
3.) Director / Chief Environmental Division at Fort Polk – Milton Wayne Fariss
4.) U.S. ARMY provided Website specific to these horses & Public Affairs:
email for Public Affairs at JRTC Fort Polk – U.S. ARMY:
6.) Louisiana Senator – Bill Cassidy
7.) James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000