The Star Barn Saga: dozens of horses lost

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second_glance
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:01 pm

If you live outside the Mid-Atlantic, you may not be aware of this years-long horror story. What started out as a grandiose "get rich" scheme that revolved in part around PA's breeder bonus program turned into animal abuse and neglect involving a MD farm as well -- and dozens of horses lost their lives. And nothing even approximating justice has yet been achieved.

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Catalina
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:23 pm

I remember some of the earlier parts of this horror story. But, dear God, it just keeps going, a never ending nightmare.
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Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:44 am

I feel physically ill after reading that. I knew a bit about it, but not the full extent.

The 7 circles of hell are not enough punishment for these POS.
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Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:54 pm

No AI breeding but unsupervised pasture breeding is okay...hmmm... It sounds like each group was going to fund other development project based on those breeder incentive pay-outs. PA needs to rethink that program to prevent this from happening again. Unless those who manage the program are in on it. Making money too.

Meanwhile there is another cruelty, neglect, starvation, fraud and torture case in Florida where the owners of Napier Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary neglected many horses in a couple of locations. This is a nonprofit rescue group. Financial information including 990's are online at https://www.guidestar.org/organizations ... tuary.aspx

Wonder what happened? If the one person caring for 22 of the Star Barn horses says those animals cost them $75,000 so far, I'm guessing the $100,000 reported income of the Napier group was no where near what they needed to care for all the animals in their care. Unless they were not using those funds to care for the animals. Redirecting donor funds to their own use.

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34005/ ... re-charges

"...Back in February, Manatee County deputies seized more than 300 animals during a raid at Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary. The sheriff's office was investigating claims of fraud and abuse after receiving complaints about malnourished animals.

The couple was later arrested on 15 counts of animal cruelty. The charges involved nine dogs, five horses and one cat.

The farm's veterinarian was also arrested in connection with the case. Dr. Edward Dunham, 76, was charged with one count of animal torture with intent..."http://www.wate.com/story/25682826/mana ... ew-charges
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