SPCA raid at local animal farm

SPCA raid at local animal farm

There are 345 comments on the WIVB Buffalo story from Aug 12, 2008, titled SPCA raid at local animal farm. In it, WIVB Buffalo reports that:

The SPCA raid at a local animal farm has the owner coming to his own defense Tuesday night.

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Amanda

Clarence, NY

#1 Aug 12, 2008
If Peter Sparks were rescuing these horses, he would have had bedding and hay in the stalls. I have seen it first hand, the horses that were taken were not getting the care needed. They were standing in cement stalls and in their own feces. Rescue horses need some sort of bedding in the stalls, they can have free access to hay. These horses had nothing. They were going to DIE. I work around horses for a living, these horses should not be used for trail riding. Again, if he were rescuing them, he would know that the horse must be healthy in order to carry human weight. More than half were not. AND if they were receiving medical care, he should have proof of that, receipts of medications or the medications on the property. The SPCA would not have taken them if that were the case.
Elated

Wells, ME

#2 Aug 12, 2008
Amen Amanda!
The truth will come out in all of this...supporters can make as many "obscene gestures" as they want, but there is no denying the evidence that has been plastered all over the five o'clock news.
It's about time!
Michelle

Jamestown, NY

#3 Aug 13, 2008
Thankfully, many people keep their eyes and ears open to cases of animal cruelty these days. Many years ago, this was not the case.
The SPCA could not do their job to their full capacity without the help of reports by citizens.
I hope these animals will flourish after the care they receive through the SPCA, and they will find a forever home that will keep them happy and healthy for the rest of their days.
I love all animals, and I hope that more people will be responsible and compassionate when the "rescue" or keep any animals in their care.
Jim

Tonawanda, NY

#4 Aug 13, 2008
What took so long? The poor conditions at Sparks has been no secret for decades. People would feel guilty renting and riding the horses. Many would just refuse to get on such a weak, thin and obviously depressed animal and leave. The owner and his woman are dirt bags- everyone knows that. Many of the people who don't care for their horses use the same excuse- "I just rescued them- they looked like that when I bought them". It is a shame that horses are "rescued" to come to a place like that where they can continue to deteriorate. I hope the SPCA doesn't give the horses and other animals back and the boarders wise up and get their horses the heck out of there.
lol

United States

#5 Aug 13, 2008
Amanda,,,,He was rescuing these animals from the slaughter house for just a few more months becouse the animals he gets are from auction at least twice a year or more they buy a few, use and sell some, then get money from slaughter,thats how they stay in buisness its a very common practice at riding stables thats why they only fine them when there is a complaint. LESSON DONE......
YaYaHood

Venus, PA

#6 Aug 13, 2008
lol wrote:
Amanda,,,,He was rescuing these animals from the slaughter house for just a few more months becouse the animals he gets are from auction at least twice a year or more they buy a few, use and sell some, then get money from slaughter,thats how they stay in buisness its a very common practice at riding stables thats why they only fine them when there is a complaint. LESSON DONE......
o rly?
seriously, is this true?
lol

United States

#7 Aug 13, 2008
YES ,,just a reality of life ...and DEATH..
Julie

Buffalo, NY

#8 Aug 13, 2008
YaYaHood wrote:
<quoted text>
o rly?
seriously, is this true?
And on WHAT planet is that an acceptable practice?

I am still baffled to hear that people are actually accepting this barn owner's explainations. Even if he had "rescued" these horses, why were they dehydrated, why did they have no hay in their stalls? Why was there no bedding and nothing but manure in their stalls?

Please, everyone - let the overwhelming evidence of neglect and mistreatment speak for itself!
Sarah

Niagara Falls, NY

#9 Aug 13, 2008
I'll disagree with lol--he doesn't sell horses back to slaughter; he does genuinely love his horses and thinks he's doing the right thing by saving them from the kill pens. He buys and keeps horses long past use and I have to give him some respect for that. I've met him a few times and have known people who worked for him or boarded there, and I honestly believe he has good intentions. But he's had way too many horses for a long time, and he can't keep up, being disabled and having only those idiot teenagers working for him. I'm glad the SPCA stepped in, because I've never seen the horses look as bad as they do now--while I understand how it happened, the end result is unacceptable and those horses seized are in horrible shape. In his case though, I'd like to see him get help in order to reduce his herd and better care for a few, rather than neglecting too many because he's overwhelmed. It's nice that he wants to save horses in trouble and all, but when he can't afford farrier and vet for the ones he has, he really needed a wake-up call.
Amanda

Clarence, NY

#10 Aug 13, 2008
lol - It is a common practice? I have no idea where you are from, but I have worked at several stables and know it is not a common practice. No barn owner goes to shady auctions gets horses that test POSITIVE for EIA and brings them to NY. Sparks only gets fined because there must be other things going on... no humane society would let TWO EIA outbreaks just "slide".

Like Julie said... if he did rescue the horses, why did they have NO BEDDING? Why was there no hay in the stalls? Horses that you are trying to put weight on should have all the hay they can eat. These horses had NOTHING. That is not a common practice...
rose

United States

#11 Aug 13, 2008
Amanda you are sooooo clueless.
Kaitlyn

Buffalo, NY

#12 Aug 13, 2008
Peter and the girls that work there have nothing but the best intentions for the Animals. I don't think its fair for you to call them Idiots. I've known Peter for a long time and last time I spoke with him he was working on getting the horses in better shape. Heat makes animals not eat, this isn't entirely his fault. The news also said that they only took horses belonging to Peter which makes it sound like all of his horses are dieing, which is very untrue. And if you count leasers, one of those horses is the one that we(my father and I) lease and he is always in good spirits.
Christian

Buffalo, NY

#13 Aug 13, 2008
You want to see some real horse abuse, go down south where hay is 8.00+ a bale. Now with the cost of living going up and up with no end in site people are dumping horses like bad habits. I have to give Peter a lot of credit, I know him quite well. He buys the horses that no one else wants, rehabs them and then uses them or sells them. I used to to that myself but then now with the SPCA thinking that they are "Holier than God" I did not want to take the chance that someone would report me as someone did to him. People don't realize that malnourished horses need up to 750 lbs added on their weight, that doesnt happen overnite and in the mean time, people do drive by and see a skinny horse and immediately think that the animal is sick and abused, many times thats not the case. I do believe that he will clear his name as Pets Plus in Lockport did when the SPCA busted their doors down. Best of luck Peter....
Amanda

Clarence, NY

#14 Aug 13, 2008
Rose - I really don't think so. If it is a "common practice" then I feel bad for the unknowing people who ride at these places and are spreading unknown diseases to other healthy horses in responsible stables. Example: Strangles is a contagious and serious infection in horses. It is spread by touching. A human can a horse that has it, now the person has it on their skin and clothing. They go to another barn and touch another horse. ta-da that horse now has it and will spread it. I know the place, I know people who have worked there, I know what really goes on. I have seen horses he has brought there, lost weight and died there. DO NOT tell me I am clueless. He could have a GREAT stable, I would LOVE to go there, but that will only happen if he downsizes in horses and actually cares for them they way they need to be cared for.
Kaitlyn

Buffalo, NY

#15 Aug 13, 2008
Also, looking back at the story... The people who own their horses and board there aren't the ones responsible for them. Those people don't come out everyday and feed them. Peter is the one feeding and taking care of those horses. This story twists the truth and makes Peter look like a terrible person.
Amanda

Clarence, NY

#16 Aug 13, 2008
If he says that heat makes horses not eat, then why were only his horses not eating? I am sorry but the spca would not take the horses if he provided proof that he was caring for these animals. If he had shown bedding, food, and meds then there would have been no reason to take them. Do you really think the SPCA wants a sudden in flow of horses? They are expensive and all those medical treatments will add up. They are already having trouble with all the cats they have. If anything they would have been looking for reasons to keep them at his property, but I guess they didn't have enough.
Donald K

Buffalo, NY

#17 Aug 13, 2008
As often as I've been out there with my daughter, Kaitlyn, I've had the opportunity to see thousands of people come off those horses happy. Happy that they had the chance to ride a horse at all. Never have I heard someone say that horse was malnourished. I trust that Peter was giving those horse a happy and healthy home as best as he could. I will still continue going to Sparks. Good luck Peter, Debbie, and staff.
Donald K

Buffalo, NY

#18 Aug 13, 2008
Amanda wrote:
If he says that heat makes horses not eat, then why were only his horses not eating? I am sorry but the spca would not take the horses if he provided proof that he was caring for these animals. If he had shown bedding, food, and meds then there would have been no reason to take them. Do you really think the SPCA wants a sudden in flow of horses? They are expensive and all those medical treatments will add up. They are already having trouble with all the cats they have. If anything they would have been looking for reasons to keep them at his property, but I guess they didn't have enough.
If the SPCA is having trouble, then how come everyone else can't? Also, I never said that Peter said heat makes animals not eat, I said that. Plus Peter feeds all those horses. Not just his, but ALL of them.
Kaitlyn

Buffalo, NY

#19 Aug 13, 2008
That last one was spose to be from me. My dad wrote one and I didn't think his name was still on top. Sorry.
Sarah from GI

Buffalo, NY

#20 Aug 13, 2008
I worked for Peter for over 10 years and still have the utmost respect for him! That man loves his animals and has the best intentions at heart. There are alot of horses there and the majority of them are fat, healthy and happy. Everyone is failing to report that the ones that were skinny looking were also ones that were between 10-30 years old!! It is very difficult to keep weight on a horse after that age and Peter did the best that he could. And yes, Peter does buy a lot of his horses from auctions to give them a second chance, and I have seen and been a part of saving their lives, but why isn't anyone investigating where these animals are coming from at the auctions? Someone is abusing horses and then dumping them off at an auction, Peter is buying the horses this way, someone else should be held accountable NOT Peter!

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