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A Benefit Concert was held on Saturday, April 7, at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen, to raise money for vet costs and proper feed for rescued horses:  The concert was a success.

Emaciated horses at Echo Valley Ranch
The six horses were taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey on Feb. 23 after Routt County authorities called the Park County Sheriff’s Office, said Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore.
Horse owners Ron Swift and Randal Hatlee have each been charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and will appear in Park County Court, Gore said.
Routt County officers were checking on a previously abused horse they had sent to the ranch and were concerned about the gaunt appearance of several horses. Park County sent code enforcement officers to investigate.
While other horses on the property looked healthy, six appeared to be underfed, according to Gore.
Since being taken into custody at undisclosed clinics, the horses have been doing well. They each gained anywhere from 10 to 72 pounds in 15 days, which points to the theory that they were underfed, Gore said.
“At this point (the horses) appear to be malnourished,” Gore said. “As we feed them and care for them, they are putting on weight.”

It has been learned that one of the horses named Maggie died.  It has also been learned that these rescued horses were, by order of the Court, returned to the owners!!  Ridiculous and unacceptable!!!!

In an email to the Attorney General, Ms. Courtney who organized the Benefit Concert writes:

“Severely neglected (photos available) horses were awarded back to Ron Swift, as per judge Green of Park County, yesterday.
We organized a highly publicized fundraiser to pay the vet bill to nurse these animals back. One died, another was found frozen on ground near death. Remaining horses were moved to undisclosed location vet due to high publicity.
First vet on site to assess the horses seems questionable at best, as second vet who was on standby clearly assessing these horses needed immediate help.Horses improved in vet care after seizure according to Monte Gore, Undersheriff  Park Cty. These horses were dying in Swift’s care – we need help to protect them – they should never be returned to him under any circumstances.”
Please help.
M. Courtney, Evergreen

 

 

Chance one of six horses taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey

On Behalf of these horses and Ms. Courtney, with her permission below has been copied and pasted word for word what she has to say:

Animals Petition: Park County, CO Judge Brian Green & Deputy D.A. Steve Sullivan: DO NOT RETURN STARVED COLORADO HORSES

http://www.change.org/petitions/park-county-co-judge-brian-green-deputy-d-a-steve-sullivan-do-not-return-starved-colorado-horses-to-neglectful-owners

Court date is May 15th, they must not be permanently returned, they will not survive the coming winter. Against all common sense and facts these horses were ordered returned like pawns for political vendettas or personal agendas. It is a disgrace. Those assigned to protect these innocents from further suffering and abuse ought to get a clue what their job duties are and remain. These horses just survived a terrible fate – and were returned to the same place where they were neglected. How is that for American common sense and professional integrity ??? Had the first vet, on whose presence Mr. Steven Sullivan, Park county Deputy District Attorney, so relies on… done her job and Swift fed/cared for the horses, we would not have this conversation.

Not sure what more evidence this District Attorney needs to see, as what the rest of the world sees in this mess is enough to make Park County a place of embarrassment, bloody cover ups and ignorance. I hope people up there wake up to the scheme that is played out and how defenseless horses have become pucks in a hockey game of blind poking matches.

Thank you Undersheriff and deputies for having seized the horses, as they would have surely died. One can only hope your continued baby sit services to monitor these horses at tax payers expenses will not be needed, as they ought to be relinquished to good homes who remember that domesticated horses can’t be reversed into “wild” ones, especially when fenced in.

Please sign the above petition and share.  Thank you.

Monika Courtney

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30876616/detail.html  April 11, 2012  Horses returned

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30486436/detail.html  February 17, 2012

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30687423/detail.html  March 15, 2012

What is needed now is a public support campaign by Park county residents, constituents of the system deciding the fate of these horses.

1) The claim that a vet was on sight or having treated these animals prior to seizure ought to be scrutinized further, to a higher instance, which I believe is the State Veterinarian Board.

Email for inquiries/complaints: VeterinaryMedicine@dora.state.co.us

http://www.dora.state.co.us/veterinarians/boardmembers.htm

Catherine.Shea@cu.edu  Attorney for Board 303-860-5658

(Shea, Catherine A. Senior Associate Counsel for Technology Transfer and Research Compliance)

The horses were found in ADVANCED debilitated state of neglect, which contradicts first “assigned” vet’s competence, integrity or both, and also reflects a LACK of responsibility on Swift’s part to call said vet in due time to administer help and/or treatment  http://pix.kg/p/416168114214%3A811361237/scl

(When horses were seized they improved thereafter immediately, see weight chart, photos available provided by Park Cty).
The above slide show photos show the 2 year old colt, weighing about 300 lbs. instead of 700 or more, who was hauled in on Feb. 16 under the Routt County impound.  He wears a foal’s blanket in the slide show!  The other horse to be impounded along with him by Routt County had already died. You can see the other horses in his herd at the end of the slide show may be in even worse condition.

2) Two veterinarians’ affidavit’s ought to be mandated in any case of advanced neglect, whether the claimed cause/reasons of found health status are illness, neglect or abuse. In a case such as this, where as doubt exists clearly based on evidence of photos taken of said horses showing their advanced state of neglect, the claimed fact of a vet having treated said horses prior to seizure (Feb.16) needs to be investigated, with said vet records being subpoenad as evidence.  (Affidavit by other vet treating the colt impounded by Routt Cty. and on same property in same horrific condition, could be obtained for the investigation by authorities prosecuting this case).

3) Public knowledge and awareness of these inconsistencies existing within a system, whereas individuals assigned to carry out a job duty to protect said animals from further suffering, is a necessary tool to continue the momentum in the publicity this case has generated. Anyone knowing anyone residing in Park County ought to be contacted and inquired upon to lend their support to this campaign by expressing their concern in regards to the surrender to said horses back to the bad situation out of which they were rescued by Animal Control, who did their job in the nick of time to save these horses. One horse, to be impounded with the colt by Routt county, died, and the deplorable conditions of others in photos speak volumes and truth.

4) The fact that they were returned with “no probable cause” is not acceptable, as there is sufficient evidence (photos of their condition at seizure date), and a complete absence of common sense resulting in this mess. Animal Control has done its job by seizing the animals out of danger. For horses to be returned before criminal investigation is over and prior to said court date of May 15th is imprudent, reflecting a total lack of integrity on District Attorney’s part to carry out his job duties in what he is assigned to do.

5) A reminder to officials/decision makers in this case that the public is watching is the only hope these horses have.

The next goal is to find LOCAL support by residents of Park county, which requires all of us to find people who reside there, get them informed on this questionable conduct by a few within a system that has too long gone on unnoticed, get a public push to “clean house” before there is no animal welfare, civil rights, or due process left. Residents of Park Cty. can demand these horses not be returned permanently and to further prohibit Swift from having horses, as he seems neither capable nor willing to care for them, whatever may be the reasons. Probation or a misdemeanor is not going to prevent them from the coming winter or/and the consequences thereof.

6) Letters. Any contacts willing to join forces in a letter campaign prior to court date, please send them the photos attached. It does not take an Einstein nor a horse “expert” to assess the evidence on these photos and horses’ debilitated advanced state of neglect, with Chance being near Henneke 1. The system needs reminding by the public what their job duties are, whom they serve and the public to demand them to be carried out with a public pressure campaign. I ask that you all get involved with this next step – find Park county residents to drum up support. I believe the D.A. is elected and I can only hope he will not get another term, if this injustice will be his responsibility.

In this time of age where political agendas and corruption reckon over the very welfare and protection of animals, and whereas some within a system simply fail to carry out their job duties, we as a people are the only hope for these animals. This case clearly reflects the need to carry on with our pressure. As the animals were seized under court order, I was told by Park County Animal Control that a judge from Canon City (Fremont Cty.) signed the court order. Since Deputy D.A. Steve Sullivan is in the position to push for justice and has apparently not done so, either by failing to present evidence or claiming a cause – the judge had no choice in this but to return the animals. So the problem may lay with the D.A. as it has seemingly been for a long time and he had no comment in this case to protect the horses. Park county perhaps too long has been a place of unnoticed injustices against animals – carried out by some with a fancy title, personal agenda or financial motives, yet ineffective to protect those they are assigned to protect and therefore become pawns of political agendas in the end. Since the Dept. of Agriculture, the Bureau of Animal Protection and its “professional agents”  once again seem to conveniently stay out of the matter, I ask that you step up and continue to support this mission.

If court date of May 15th (Tuesday) stands for this case, a protest in Fairplay could be a step to lend our voices.

Thank you.

Monika Courtney

Attached:   Links to photos

Weight Chart

Photo of Little Big Man, seized by Routt Cty., and evidently in very bad shape

Horse body chart / Equine body scoring chart

Park Cty. Roster info for contacts

below a link to Henneke body scoring chart with photos

http://habitatforhorses.org/rescues/bodyscoring.html

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http://www.aspcapro.org/when-the-criminal-case-is-over.php

  • ·  Sentencing

Prosecutors, probation officers, and police should always urge the court to make forfeiture of the animal victims part of the sentence imposed in a cruelty or fighting case. In some states, the court is at liberty to direct return of some or all of the animals to the owner even following a conviction. Laws should be drafted to require forfeiture as part of the sentence in all animal fighting cases and in most if not all cruelty cases.

Conclusion

Securing a conviction in an animal cruelty or animal fighting case is just part of the goal of the prosecution. Ensuring that animal victims are not returned to their abusers when the criminal case is over is equally important to ensuring a just and humane result in these cases.

Contacts for letters:

http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Contact.cfm?County_ID=31

Presiding over case:Brian Green
Park County Judge

Phone: 719-836-2940

300 Fourth Street
P.O. Box 190
Fairplay CO 80440

11th Judicial District Chief Judge
Charles M. Barton

142 Crestone
P.O. Box 279
Salida CO 81201

Deputy District Attorney Steve Sullivan

136 Justice Center Rd., #203

P.O. Box 1206

Canon City, CO 81212

or/and

310 4th St.

Fairplay, CO 80440

 

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The fallen Whistler sled dogs (2010), have inspired world-wide action for changes to animal protection and animal cruelty legislation. This is their story.
Please watch this beautiful memorial video

www.globaltvbc.com

Charge approved in Whistler sled dog case
More terrific News:  OPERATION SLED DOG
An amazing success story showing how dedication, commitment and compassion saves lives.  Rescued Quebec Huskies…..and now loving homes.    Please go to FB page Operation Sled Dog to learn more on this amazing journey.  https://www.facebook.com/OperationSledDogs
To all those wonderful people we owe a debt of gratitude.  Without their perseverance and determination ……  it is unimaginable what may have happened to these beautiful animals.
CIRCULATING ON F.B. FROM OPERATION SLED DOG
B.C. Proclamation Honoring Whistler Sled Dogs

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Original 2008 post about Brindi

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/action-alert-brindi-could-be-sentenced-to-death-held-in-halifax-shelter-since-august-2008/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fPT9fL_q-E

Stone Free Brindi

Jimi say, “Turn her loose, baby!”

Brindi has never, ever, bitten a child or an adult. Nor has she ever inflicted anything worse more than a few tiny “spots” (direct quote from dog owner) on another dog. She has what is called “good bite inhibition”. And because of that, and the fact that her excellent trainer stands behind her and her guardian, Francesca Rogier, she should be freed and given the same tolerance and understanding Halifax animal control gives to scores of other dogs who have committed worse transgressions!
But despite this, her good obedience training (Francesca’s hard work) and several positive behavioral assessments, Halifax still locked her up for nearly four years. And is still locking her up. Her health has suffered, needless to say. A trial is underway and it does not look very good at the moment, hence the need to solicit help from higher powers.

A lot of people have turned a cold shoulder to Brindi and F… more

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First from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition……………………….Reposted

A sad anniversary

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

“April 5th is the 4th month anniversary of the Pasture to Plate: The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry report from the CHDC.”

A sad anniversary

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

April 5th is the 4th month anniversary of the Pasture to Plate: The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry report from the CHDC.

 

During the last 4 months, the CHDC attempted to engage the CFIA with two Open Letters, the first on January 4, 2012 and the second on March 13, 2012 in order to get answers regarding the slaughterhouse at La Petite-Nations and the discrepancies from the investigation as well as information being released by the CFIA in the media and in emails.

To date, the CFIA has not addressed any of the CHDC’s concerns.

Once again, here is the link for the Pasture to Plate investigation.  Also, please take the time to read the written report.  Only then will you get a true understanding of the issues horses face at slaughter in Canada.  And for our U.S. friends, please remember that if slaughterhouses re-open in your country, this is what awaits your horses no matter how hard the pro-slaughter side tries to pull the wool over an unsuspecting public.

It is imperative that we keep the pressure on the CFIA to obtain answers and to stop the atrocity of horse slaughter in Canada.

Please download a petition from either our web site or here on the blog to support Bill C-322. All the info you require has been provided in both places and in both English and French.

PLEASE HELP US HELP THEM.

This issue will not go away unless you, the taxpayer, demand that this inhumane industry is shut down forever. Thank you

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/lpn.html

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/bill-c-322-petitions-and-supporter-instructions/

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/pasture-to-plate/ – Link to written report

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | April 4, 2012 at 22:51 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-O3

 

Adena Springs launches equine retirement site

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

04/05/2012 12:32PM

By Glenye Cain Oakford

 

Revised CHDC flyer uploaded

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Our revised two page flyer has been uploaded to our blog and can be found here: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/chdc-documents/

Please print and distribute freely!

Thank you from the horses.

p.s. The French version will be forthcoming soon.

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Oh my Gosh, where to begin????!!!

First off:  A very important event happening tomorrow:  Saturday April 7, 2012      

  For all that can, please show your support and attend.

Saturday, April 7th, 6-10 pm

Ice House Café, Evergreen (next to the Little Bear Saloon)

Harmony for Horses

Received via email:

Monika’s Own Message:

RE: Story Evergreen Benefit Concert / Harmony for neglected horses

The story of “Little Big Man” and his herd who were starved was on Channel 7 News, and was published in 4 papers up here after I raised a campaign and am organizing the benefit concert.

My main incentive with this is to create awareness of the current economic hardships and/or skyrocketing hay prices which are most often the cause for such tragedies. I want people to learn and understand that help is available, one just has to ASK. Starving horses are everywhere…. the calls never stop.

I would appreciate your help to get this out down the hill – as my message and the reason why we are doing this concert are equally important to me as raising the funds.

I evacuated the little colt from the wild fire in Conifer on Tuesday. The first crisis in his young life was starvation, twice, then fire.

Local musicians are lending their talent to perform and it should be a good evening, next to the Little Bear !

Cheers,

Monika Courtney, Evergreen

Hello all,

We are organizing a benefit concert / silent auction in Evergreen for horses which were found in severe neglect and advanced starvation on a ranch in Bailey, in February. The story of these horses is a sad one, yet the surviving colt is an inspiring tribute – restoring faith in a community of horse people, veterinarians and other caring folks.

Slide show :http://pix.kg/p/416168114214%3A811361237/scl    February 16, 2012

http://www.theflume.com/news/first_five/article_f93970a6-6a3b-11e1-b70d-001a4bcf6878.html#user-comment-area    March 9/16, 2012

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30486436/detail.html  February 17, 2012

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30687423/detail.html  March 15, 2012

A 2 year old colt, Little Big Man, was found near death and too weak to lift his head. He was moved on slings to Dr. Ashleigh Olds, Aspen Creek Large Animal Clinic in Conifer, where he was rehabilitated for a month. He went to a loving adoptive home last week. For another horse help came too late. The remaining five are being nursed back to health, and I can only hope they will go to a better place and people who commit to their well being and happiness.

Local musicians have stepped up to lend their talents to raise funds for the vet care. This is an appeal to the equine community to come together and show support. We may never know for what reasons these horses had to suffer to such great lengths. But what we do know as responsible horse folks – this is not acceptable, it is a travesty and can be prevented, if one only asks for help. The claimed “mystery condition” causing their weight loss mysteriously disappeared when the horses were fed. With skyrocketing hay prices and challenging economic times, hardships or crisis can strike any of us. Yet to subject defenseless animals to such cruelty is a black mark against humanity, especially when horses, on whose back this nation was built, are the victims.

The little colt, now called Spencer, is a testimony to the attributes of those who cared and intervened in just the nick of time. He is a symbol of hope; a reminder that animals are fellow creatures who deserve our respect and contribution. When human err, failure or ignorance are the cause of unspeakable suffering such as what this colt and his herd had to endure – there is something seriously wrong.

It is my hope that you will come to our concert, check out our silent auction and meet other like minded people. It is my wish, that this tragic situation in Bailey will set a precedent of consciousness in our equine communities to prevent other horses from such suffering, that help is available in form of local rescues, vets, hay banks and a strong network of horse folks. Info will be available at event.

We can remain vigilant, learn from the past and move forward to a better world for horses when we refuse to accept this kind of pattern and mind set. And we must speak up and take action, when those responsible or assigned to protect animals in dire need fail to do their job in a timely manner.

I hope to see you at our concert. If you wish to donate, please see our facebook invite page for contact (paypal Harmony Horseworks, mention Bailey horses) or to donate to our silent auction. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Monika Courtney

http://www.hightimbertimes.com/content/concert-help-neglected-horses

Concert to help neglected horses

Funds to be used for veterinary fees

By Gabrielle Porter

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

” An Evergreen animal rescuer is putting on a benefit concert to cover the veterinary bills of six emaciated horses seized in February in the Bailey area by Park County authorities.”

Chance was one of six horses taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey to an undisclosed location.

Evergreen resident Monika Courtney’s April 7 event already has garnered feedback from a community wanting to help, she said.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30687423/detail.html  March 15, 2012

A 2 year old colt, Little Big Man, was found near death and too weak to lift his head. He was moved on slings to Dr. Ashleigh Olds, Aspen Creek Large Animal Clinic in Conifer, where he was rehabilitated for a month. He went to a loving adoptive home last week. For another horse help came too late. The remaining five are being nursed back to health, and I can only hope they will go to a better place and people who commit to their well being and happiness.

“So far the interest is pretty amazing,” Courtney said. “It’s been a very good response.”
Musicians including Streams of Eden, Steve Stoddard and 3 Legged Dog will perform, and a silent auction will help raise funds to pay the horses’ medical bills. The event starts at 6 p.m. April 7 at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen. Suggested donation is $10.

Emaciated horses at Echo Valley Ranch

The six horses were taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey on Feb. 23 after Routt County authorities called the Park County Sheriff’s Office, said Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore.
Horse owners Ron Swift and Randal Hatlee have each been charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and will appear in Park County Court, Gore said.
Routt County officers were checking on a previously abused horse they had sent to the ranch and were concerned about the gaunt appearance of several horses. Park County sent code enforcement officers to investigate.
While other horses on the property looked healthy, six appeared to be underfed, according to Gore.
Since being taken into custody at undisclosed clinics, the horses have been doing well. They each gained anywhere from 10 to 72 pounds in 15 days, which points to the theory that they were underfed, Gore said.
“At this point (the horses) appear to be malnourished,” Gore said. “As we feed them and care for them, they are putting on weight.”

Any amount helps
Courtney said she doesn’t know how much the horses’ veterinarian fees will be, but she knows they will be substantial.
“I don’t know what the situation was and why they were in such bad shape … but I just want to reach out to the community and say, ‘Hey, this happens more often than not,’ ” Courtney said. “No animal should be compromised like this. We have a responsibility.”

Benefit concert
6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen
Local musicians, coffee and a silent auction
$10 donation suggested

Contact Gabrielle Porter at Gabrielle@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1043. Check www.HighTimberTimes.com for updates.

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http://www.godvine.com/Paralyzed-Puppy-Thrown-in-a-Trash-Can-Gets-Rescued-1127.html

Discarded while still alive, found in a garbage bag….miracles do happen.

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Forgotten Dog’s Christmas~~

 

‘Twas the night before  Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a  mouse

 

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

In hopes that  St. Nicholas soon would be there

 

The children were nestled all snug in  their beds

With no thought of the dog filling their head

 

And mamma in  her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap

Knew he was cold, but didn’t care about  that

 

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from the  bed to see what was the matter

 

Away to the window I flew like a  flash

Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash

 

The  moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the luster of mid-day to  objects below

 

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear

But Santa  Claus – with eyes full of tears

 

He un-chained the dog, once so lively and  quick

Last year’s Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick

 

More  rapid than eagles he called the dog’s name

And the dog ran to him, despite  all his pain

 

“Now, DASHER! Now, DANCER! Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!

On,  COMET! On CUPID! On, DONNER and BLITZEN!

 

To the top of the porch! To the  top of the wall!

Let’s find this dog a home where he’ll be loved by  all.”

 

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year

For Santa  Claus had made one thing quite clear

 

The gift of a dog is not just for  the season

We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons

 

In our  haste to think of the kids a gift

There was one important thing that we  missed

 

A dog should be family, and cared for the same

You don’t give a  gift, then put it on a chain

 

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of  sight

“You weren’t given a gift! You were given a LIFE!”

 

 

Author  Unknown

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