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According to Dr. Temple Grandin, Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University in a report commisioned by USDA/ APHIS
" The New Holland sale will not accept horses that are severely lame or in very poor condition. "
" The New Holland sale has banned horses with severe welfare problems from their sale."
This horse's resting heart rate was in the 60's.
Auction barn in New Holland, PA was unable to get a $5.00 bid on this horse.
It remains to be seen who, if anyone will be held accountable for the abuse this horse suffered.**
The Humane League of Lancaster County is handling the investigation. In previous cases that the Humane League has handled involving horses at the New Holland auction barn, nobody was held accountable, or the abuse was allowed to continue.
The District Justice that covers New Holland is Carl Good.*
In the Lancaster New Era on July 8, 1999, the New Holland auction barn president is quoted as stating,
"A veterinarian is on call around the clock at the stable and determines an animal has been abused after stable workers point out the sick animal. "
Dr. James Holt, a Coatesville, PA area veterinarian, has introduced himself at the New Holland auction barn to auction goers as the veterinarian hired by the sale.
As told by one of the people who bought him..
Points to Ponder
Equine Protection Network
If this horse is not in very poor condition, then what IS "very poor condition"?
PA Anti Cruelty Law
Title 18 § 5511. Cruelty to animals
(c) Cruelty to animals.--A person commits a summary offense if he wantonly or cruelly illtreats, overloads, beats, otherwise abuses any animal, or neglects any animal as to which he has a duty of care, whether belonging to himself or otherwise, or abandons any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter or veterinary care, or access to clean and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal's body heat and keep it dry. This subsection shall not apply to activity undertaken in normal agricultural operation.
(d) Selling or using disabled horse.--A person commits a summary offense if he offers for sale or sells any horse, which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or surgical treatment.
* District Justice Carl Good is no longer the District Justice in the Town of New Holland effective January 2000.
** According to sources close to the case, District Justice Carl Good refused to accept the charges filed by the Humane League of Lancaster County. The Humane League of Lancaster County has 2 years to refile the charges.