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The owner of a farm where dozens of malnourished horses were rescued has pleaded not guilty to 42 counts of animal cruelty. Read more
Ginsu

Dublin, OH

#1 Feb 12, 2010
Ok, provide documentation that veterinary care was being sought for these animals if they were ill.

Taking care of horses is hard. They are voracious animals that require a lot of care. I don't doubt that Robin Vess had the best of intentions, but when you decided to acquire an animal you assume responsibility for its well-being. Depression notwithstanding, you failed those horses and now you must face the consequences.
rollingmyeyes

Canal Winchester, OH

#2 Feb 12, 2010
She's depressed?!? Gee, I wonder how the horses felt when they had nothing to eat. So, let me guess. We're supposed to feel sorry for this "not guilty" woman who didn't give a rats behind about these animals. And is her lawyer an expert on the healthy weight of a horse since he states "only some of the horses were underweight"? Let them both starve and see how they feel then. Lawyers need to be shredded and used for fertilizer. Then they would be useful.
Mr Ed

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 12, 2010
Is there a law that says you must go to a licensed verterinarian if you havea sick animal?
Ginsu wrote:
Ok, provide documentation that veterinary care was being sought for these animals if they were ill.
Taking care of horses is hard. They are voracious animals that require a lot of care. I don't doubt that Robin Vess had the best of intentions, but when you decided to acquire an animal you assume responsibility for its well-being. Depression notwithstanding, you failed those horses and now you must face the consequences.
But Seriously

Findlay, OH

#4 Feb 12, 2010
In the early stories about these horses, they said the animals had no food or water. Apparently Ms. Vess was so depressed she just climbed into bed and forgot about those helpless, trusting animals. Not ok.
Ginsu

Dublin, OH

#5 Feb 12, 2010
Mr Ed wrote:
Is there a law that says you must go to a licensed verterinarian if you havea sick animal?
<quoted text>
No, but if your animals appear to be starving and your defense is that they're actually sick you should provide some documentation to that effect.
Right Wing Lunatic

New Hyde Park, NY

#6 Feb 12, 2010
Mr Ed wrote:
Is there a law that says you must go to a licensed verterinarian if you havea sick animal?
<quoted text>
I don't know about Ohio, but in Florida and Tennessee it's the law.
horse lover

Columbus, OH

#7 Feb 12, 2010
I know this property and although I don't know the person, her HOUSE is attached to the actual barn. So it's not like she had to venture into the winter winds off of Lake Erie. There were other horses in her care that were being boarded so my question is where were THOSE owners?
Mr Ed

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 12, 2010
Perhaps we should look into a government option for verterinary care for horses. There must be tens of thoudands of horses with no vertinary care in this country.

So it is apparently a law in some states that makes it illegal not to provide veterinary care for a horse....why can't we simply pass a law that it is illegal to not go to the doctor when you are sick??? Save your cigarette and beer money for a few weeks and you could afford to see a doctor.

“I wake up and piss excellence”

Since: Nov 09

Columbus, OH

#9 Feb 12, 2010
Thats alot of horses for one woman to care for/afford. She should've given them away or sold them way before it got to this if she cared at all about their well-being. I hope they get a conviction.
Mr Ed

Columbus, OH

#10 Feb 12, 2010
I agree. If you make that assertion, you open the door to offering proof of an illness.
Ginsu wrote:
<quoted text>
No, but if your animals appear to be starving and your defense is that they're actually sick you should provide some documentation to that effect.
stupidisasstupid does

Westerville, OH

#11 Feb 12, 2010
I read in the Lancaster Gazette that being depressed over losing family members within 18 months was one of this woman's lame excuses for starving those beautiful horses - is that the best she could come up with??? I lost my mom in 2007 and brother in 2008. They died 10 months apart from each other, and I will not dispute the fact that it is extremely devastating for anyone to lose close family members so close together. My heart still aches from the loss, but nothing, absolutely nothing, would lead me to starve or neglect my precious animals. Spending the rest of her life in prison would not even be a good enough punishment for this monster.
John

Kenton, OH

#12 Feb 12, 2010
A good reason why we need to bring back horse slaughtering facilities in this country. It's a much more humane way to dispose of unwanted horses when people can't afford to or don't want to take care of them anymore. I'd rather see a horse harvested for the international meat market than be starved to death. This is the dirty little unintended consequence that the H$U$ doesn't want you to know about.
Laura Foreman

Columbus, OH

#13 Feb 12, 2010
John wrote:
A good reason why we need to bring back horse slaughtering facilities in this country. It's a much more humane way to dispose of unwanted horses when people can't afford to or don't want to take care of them anymore. I'd rather see a horse harvested for the international meat market than be starved to death. This is the dirty little unintended consequence that the H$U$ doesn't want you to know about.
I have been involved with both show and race horses for years. Yes there is an over population of unwanted horses but slaughter is not an option. It is the most inhumane way to treat a companion animal. Now because the US does not slaughter horses here anymore, these animals must endure hours upone hours stuffed into livestock haulers not made for horse transportation. Then they wait in overcrowded pens and any wounds suffered in transport, including broken legs, are not tended to. No food or water is given. If the "stun bolt" does its job on the first try, that is considered a blessing for the anumal. Often times they are hoisted in the air by their hind leg still conscience and if the spinal cord is severed on the first attempt, it is reason to celebrate for those making that attempt. Now want to rethink that statement.....How about a means of humane euthasia that is more cost effective and not a 500% mark-up on the drug used and create a burial like the Amish do...ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
Chart

Wellston, OH

#14 Feb 12, 2010
And let good meat go to waste? Horses are like any other animal: cow, sheep, goat, chicken, pig, all here for us to eat. But people seem to have irrational feelings for these animals which has caused us to let a small minority of people to control the slaughtering of horses. I have owned a horse and raised livestock all my life so I'm quite familar with all of these animals.
Jake

Wooster, OH

#15 Feb 12, 2010
I agree with you Chart. My wife and I both grew up on farms. My wife fondly recalls playing games with the animals. They also had a tendency to show up on the kitchen table now and again. We raised rabbits and hogs for slaughter. Were the rabbits my "pets" sure. They were also food.

Horses aren't any different. I'd take it one step further, I honestly wouldn't care if a healthy cat made it into my stir fry on occassion.

If God didn't want us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them so tasty.
hrstrnr

West Chester, PA

#16 Feb 12, 2010
Why os she in a hospital? Put her in a barn or out in a field, and by all means, do not feed her, and when she gets sick, do NOT seek medical attention for her. It's more than she deserves. She is disgusting....makes me want to puke.

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