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Paul Miller pled guilty to nine counts of Horse Cruelty. Fined $250.00 on 1 count and $200.00 on 8 counts. Fines, court costs, constable costs resulted in $385.50 on 1 count and $350.00 on the remaining 8 counts. The fines were not paid and an arrest warrant has been issued for Miller.
On a farm in Schuylkill County, some horses are getting some much needed TLC.textSize()
Five horses were taken in by the Equine Protection Network, a non-profit horse advocacy group after they were surrendered by their owner to state police.
"The owner had voluntarily agreed to surrender five of his nine horses, due to the horses not being fed properly and the barn being in unsanitary conditions," said Christine Berry, founder of Equine Protection Network. "There was nothing but manure and urine in the barn."
Rib cages and bones are visible through the coats of the horses and Berry said their manes will mostly likely have to be shaved because the hair is matted with burdocks.
"This is a lot of burdocks," said Berry, holding a piece of mane covered in burdocks. "This isn't something that happened yesterday or last week. This happened over a period of time."
One horse, a two-year old named Lily, already had some of her mane shaved. Veterinarian Travis Boston, with Willow Creek Animal Hospital, believed Lily to be 300 pounds underweight.
"She's actually probably in a state of catabolism, meaning she's actually breaking down her own muscles in order to survive," said Boston.
Karli Miller says she is the daughter of the man from the Orwigsburg area who surrendered the horses.
She glad the five horses are now in good hands but worries about the four others still in her father's care.
"He thinks they're perfect weight, which I don't think is true because if their ribs are going to show and their hips are going to show, there's something wrong," said Miller.
For these five horses the hope is to get them into better shape and into good homes in the next few weeks.
To help donate or for more information visit either Equine Protection Network at http://equineprotectionnetwork.com/ or Another Chance for Horses at: http://www.ac4h.com/
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Five Horses Taken from Orwigsburg Property
Published: September 26, 2009
ORWIGSBURG - Five horses were taken from a property in Orwigsburg - with animal cruelty charges pending against their owner, according to an official from the Equine Protection Network.
Four more horses remained on that property as of Friday afternoon, said Christine Berry, president and founder of the Friedensburg-based equine network.
Berry said the horse owner's name was not being released pending further action.
Berry said the group tried to take all nine horses but the owner was only willing to give up five.
"He has relinquished five of the horses to us but there are still four out there that are in worse shape than these," Berry said. "He has 24 hours to get a veterinarian out there to get them taken care of or he may lose those as well."
An e-mail from Another Chance for Horses, based in Bernville, alerted the Equine Protection Network to the situation at the Orwigsburg property. Berry met with the horse owner and Schuylkill Haven state police on Thursday and the horses were taken Friday afternoon.
Berry said the horses are underweight and were standing in their own feces and urine, with no bedding provided in the stalls. Most had burdocks, a sticky weed, in their manes and tails, she said.
"That is common in neglect cases," Berry said. "The horses are turned out in the weeds instead of a pasture."
Dr. Travis Boston of Willow Creek Animal Hospital, Reading, examined the animals Friday.
"There is no systemic disease, but there are signs of neglect including malnutrition and emaciation," Boston said.
Boston said what bothered him most about the animals was their age.
"These horses are between 2 and 4 years old. They would have had 25 to 30 years of neglect if they weren't seized," he said. "Usually these cases involve much older horses."
Berry said the owner has a history of neglecting animals and that five horses died in the last six years on his property.
Berry said the equine group is looking for homes or donations to help care for the animals.
"We have paid over $1,000 already and we only have them one day," Berry said. "It will cost us about $10,000 a month to care for them and we don't have that kind of money."
Anyone wishing to donate money can mail it to Equine Protection Network, P.O. Box 232, Friedensburg, PA 17933.
The Equine Protection Network Web site, www.equineprotectionnetwork.com, lists more information about the organization and how the community can help its efforts