By Leslie Potter | July 25, 2014
Earlier this week, a West Virginia horse named Catnip was found viciously strangled with a tow rope in her pasture. Although Catnip's owners removed the rope and worked with her veterinarian to help the horse recover, her throat was so swollen that she had to be euthanized. In a separate incident this week, an unknown person entered a barn in New York in the middle of the night and chopped off the mane and tail off a gelding named Dusty. This person also spray painted the barn and the horse. The horse was uninjured, but the farm owner's sense of security may never recover.
Horse lovers read these stories and expressed disgust toward the criminals and sympathy for owners across social media, but these are, unfortunately, not isolated incidents. Acts of mischief or cruelty against horses happen every day. We like to think of our barns as our sanctuaries. It's important to be proactive in protecting those sanctuaries and the beloved animals that live there.
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