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Cremation & Rendering Facilities for Horses
Private Horse Cremations - Cremation & Pet Cemeteries in United States
Horse & Pet Cremations
690 Strasburg Road
Paradise, PA 17562
Thank you to Charles & Kay Rohrer for all you do for horse owners and the EPN!
Plan For Your Horse's Passing
Just as we plan for horse shows, trail rides, and other competitive events, we also plan for unexpected events with our horses. We create evacuation plans in case of a wildfire or a barn fire and we plan for who will care for our horse when we die. Only recently has the issue of planning for your horse's passing become a popular topic.
Whether you board your horse or maintain your horse at home, it is your responsibility. If you allow the barn manager or your vet to be the one in charge of your horse after he/she passes away, you cannot be assured that your wishes will be achieved. Unfortunately there is a myth in the horse industry that state laws exist that prohibit the burial of your horse.
Remember, if someone tells you it is illegal to bury your horse, or illegal to do anything for that matter, request that the local, state, or federal statute be produced so that you can read the law for yourself. Local laws at the city, township, or county level are commonly referred to as ordinances and usually punishable by a fine. State laws are commonly called statutes. Regulations are usually drafted by government agencies - for example, Congress passed the Commercial Transportation of Horses to Slaughter Act which mandated the USDA to draft regulations for the transport of horses to slaughter.
Unless a government agency can produce an ordinance, statute, or law stating it is illegal to bury your horse, then it is legal to bury your horse. Veterinarians are not the legal experts when it comes to horses, and rarely are correct when it comes to what is or is not legal. Veterinarians are medical experts, not lawyers or law enforcement officers. From personal experience with numerous vets located all across the United States, vets are usually incorrect when it comes to the legality of burying animals.
States do have state laws or regulations that regulate, not prohibit, the burial. For example, the PA Dead Animal Act requires owners to dispose of a carcass within 48 hours and specify the methods that are acceptable and the required or prohibited methods. For example, you cannot bury a dead animal in a wetland. A carcass must be covered with six feet of good earth. Both of these are common sense approaches to burying an animal.
Transportation of Deceased Horses
Depending on your method of disposal, chances are you are going to need a horse hearse. Horse cemeteries and cremation companies usually have their own horse hearse or have a hearse they utilize.
In Pennsylvania, Janet Brown, 610-255-4311, provides horse hearse services. The EPN has seen Janet Brown's work and recommends her services. Mrs. Brown's hearse is cleaner than a lot of trailers for live horses. Mrs Brown is conscientious and considerate of owner's needs at a very difficult time.
Disposal Options for Dead Horses
Two other uncommon options are freeze drying to be mounted or the more common method of taxidermy.
The following recommendations come from 20 years of burying horses.
Once you have determined that it is legal to bury your horse on your property and obtained any permits if necessary, the next step is to locate at least one backhoe operator, two are better. One place to locate a qualified backhoe operator who meets your needs, especially in rural areas, is to contact the local churches with their own cemeteries. Farmers can also be a good resource and their experience with large animals is a benefit. Some rental companies rent backhoes, but this is only an option for people qualified to operate a backhoe. Once you have located a qualified backhoe operator willingly to dig a grave for you, there are special considerations you want to investigate.
Keep in mind that if you bury your horse, or any other animal for that matter on your property, if you move, you leave your animal behind. Out of consideration to your animals and the new owner, the location of the graves needs to be provided to the new owner. Graves can be re-opened and the remains taken to a cremation company for cremation.
Burial at private cemeteries require you to investigate their practices and costs. Some questions that come to mind, are what happens if the cemetery is sold? Can the new owner re-locate or remove the graves? A good place to get started for more information on pet cemeteries and Crematories contact the International Association Of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories
Cremation - List of Private Cremation Companies
Offers both private creation with return of ashes & also common cremation with no return of ashes.
Cremation, No Return of Ashes
PA Department of AgricultureVeterinary Lab 2301 North Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA
Penn State UniversityPat Hilliard, Incinerator Coordinator
Your state's Department of Agriculture can provide the information on composting a horse. This is a method that is done on various types of large animal and poultry farms.Donation of Body to Research
Horse owners can investigate the option of donating their horse to a veterinary college for a research program that the horse qualifies for and in the end is euthanised via lethal injection - owners must make sure their wishes are clearly described and in writing. The option may also exist to donate your horse to a teaching hospital for students to practice surgery on a horse under general anesthesia. Rules and requirements have changed, this avenue needs further investigation. In any case owners must make sure they have in writing how their horse will put down using specific language, such as lethal injection, not humane euthanasia, since the captive bolt and cutting the throat is considered euthanasia.
Contact local landfills in advance, not when you think you might need their services. A phone call once a year keeps your information current. Last thing you need is to call the landfill 5 years after your first inquiry to learn that the landfill has closed or changed policy.
Questions to ask:
PA Rendering Companies
FARMER'S FRIEND RENDERING
Tioga, PA Phone: 1-800-488-9250
HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. The farm actually works 24 hours/day, so can call ahead if you have a problem at other hours.
PICK-UP: a carcass pick-up costs approximately $35, depending on the distance they have to travel. They will travel the following routes:
INFORMATION: They will do the shooting if requested, but not all drivers will do this so you need to call ahead and make arrangements. Also, the owner must have the weapon because they don't allow their drivers to carry guns. You can also bring in a dead animal, as long as it is not decomposed.
MOPAC (also Known as MOPAC-KERCHNER)
Seven Valleys, PA Phone: (717) 428-3793
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 2PM to 8 PM. No holidays or weekends.
MOYER PACKING COMPANY (also known as MOPAC)
249 Allentown Rd., Souderton, PA 18964
Phone: (215) 723-5555 Fax :(215) 723-1018
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
VALLEY PROTEIN NATIONAL NUMBER - 1 -800-DEAD COW
VALLEY PROTEIN, INC.693 Wide Hollow Rd, East Earl, PA 17519
Phone: 1-888-487-5262 or (717) 445-4202 Fax : (717) 445 - 6379
HOURS: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM. No weekends, but occasionally work on Saturdays throughout the summer if people make arrangements.
VALLEY PROTEIN, INC., Lilly, PA
Phone (814) 886-5490
PICK-UP: Yes. Will travel any of the routes listed:
INFORMATION: You may bring them in to them already dead. They also will shoot them upon pick-up if the owner is there, so they do not accidentally mix up the horse with others. Make arrangements.