Horses recovering after crash

Horses recovering after crash

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 29, 2007, titled Horses recovering after crash. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As three horses lay dead on a straw-matted barn floor Monday, dozens of survivors hovered in arcs around them, nursing wounds from the horrific crash Saturday that caused a tractor-trailer loaded with 59 ...

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#21 Oct 31, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to ALL the horses injured or lost their lives and the wonderful volunteers who helped out. If I was there, I would have spent all day and night helping the horses out...and probably would have broke the bank helping out too!

I used to have a Belgian/Tennessee Walker cross gelding that I got when he was only 5 months old. I had him until he was only 5 years old, when he had to be put down due to an out of hand collic impaction. I felt like I lost my life that day. He was my best friend! Now I live my life for him and am bound and determinded to help other horses. Since hearing about this (I live in Cincinnati, OH) I cried just hearing my mom speak to me about it. I just can't imagine....

Again, my thoughts and prayers are going out to all the horses and volunteers - Thank you.



#22 Oct 31, 2007
"This was an accident and in an accident things happen that you wish wouldn't have."

I BET the driver wishes it hadn't happened, but it was NOT an accident. It was negligence on his part that resulted in a wreck that could easily have killed either driver. As it is, it exposed what a poor excuse of a human being he and the drivers of the other 3 trucks are. It also is a wake up call loud and clear about the underbelly of the horse industry. Most of us have not lost sight of the fact that what is legal may violate moral/ethical law. Those who sell and buy horses into this inhumane situation have a serious character flaw.

Mundelein, IL

#23 Oct 31, 2007
Hi there.
I was there at the sight. I helped with the babies with my daughter.
It was the most horrible thing I have ever been a part of in my life.
It was a nightmare...You just can't believe how horrible it was...
We were there until the last horse was cared for and putting down the little ones that we worked on for hours was heart ripping sorrow.
The vets were in tears.
I can't imagine this going on.
There is a rumor that there were 2 or 3 more trucks ahead of the driver that crashed the semi.
Oh God...this has to have an end to it.
My heart just aches over the horror of the event.

Cornell, WI

#24 Oct 31, 2007
Even if I agreed with eating horse meat or thought it was acceptable. There is no way I would eat horse meat from the US. Do you know how much stuff horse owners have to put into horses bodies. Wormer, shots, etc. Cows have regulations on what can't be given to them. They only get shots when they are sick and then they can't be killed for so many months after it. 4-H kids know that their animals are going to be killed. That is their purpose. To breed horses for the estrigen and kill the babies so you don't have to pay for their care is rediculous. Horses aren't raised for slaughter in the US so it shouldn't be done here!!


#25 Oct 31, 2007

Thank you so much for what you and the other rescuers did. I have lost sleep over the images alone. Your heart must be broken. Please keep up the pressure to hold the owner and driver fully responsible.

I don't live in Illinois. I wish there was more I could do. I've already emailed the articles and photos to my senator who DID NOT support the recent resolution to ban international shipment of horses for slaughter. You are so right. We have got to get them to listen. And there should never be another horse transported in a double stacked trailer.

Mundelein, IL

#26 Oct 31, 2007
Thanks Carole.
I have been tormented by it. I have been looking around the internet and forcing myself to watch slaughter videos.
I want to know exactly what the deal it.
I have to stop now. I am not able to deal with all this. I am a strong believer in God and I feel grief at the evilness of the heart of men and their cruelness.
I know that God is not pleased with our precious animals and their treatment of such tremendous horror.
I don't know if I can eat meat now or eggs unless I buy them from my neighbor and eat theirs.
I know how wonderful their egg layers are treated. I just am so upset with all the unnessary meanness of our animals on this earth for mans over consumption. I just can't help but believe that there is going to be payment for this evil.
Our earth is slowly groaning with the pain of all the horrible things going on.
This man told a girl I met when she handed him a paper with vet names and numbers and told him they had called all the local vets, he said, "Oh, that's ok. This is covered by insurance".
He said that while the horses were kicking and thrashing and in a horror of panic in the truck.
When we were taking care of the babies, they were shaking and cold and dehydrated and we were shoving bottle after bottle in their mouths and they were drinking like there was no tomorrow.
The vet for Temple Lepprizon (sp?)Farms, was in the truck from the moment it was pried open until the last horse was rescued, giving them tranquilizers so they could be pulled along on plywood to us to blanket them and rub them and talk to them and get them on their feet.
There were about 200 people running was a nightmare!!!
In church Sunday, I cried so hard during worship that I had to get up and leave when it stopped because I couldn't stop crying.
I went into the prayer room alone and just broke down.
I hung on us for days.
I loved that God allowed us to help, but I never want to see that suffering again.
I just can't stand the farming industry's not about raising animals humainly, it's about brutality for money.


#27 Nov 1, 2007
Hi Shelley,

I have set up an email address to establish contact with like minded people. I will close the email account in about 24 hours. If you would like to contact me, please do. I too forced myself to watch videos to learn the truth about how our farm animals are handled...veal calves, hogs, etc. It is barbaric. [email protected]
Animal Lover

Vernon Hills, IL

#28 Nov 1, 2007
BUC wrote:
The only law the driver broke was running a red light. If it had been a load of cows no one would have really cared.
You are so very wrong. If it was a trailer full of cow and they had been crammed in there in such a way as these horses were, people would have cared. It is said that this accident happened in the heart of horse county in Lake County and that is exactly right. I have been around the horse people of Lake County my entire life and it isn't just horses they love. No matter what type of animal it was there would still be alot of people very upset at how inhumane that trailer was loaded. There are alot of people that aren't going to let this go and are going to make sure that both the driver and the owner get what they deserve. Many of these horses are very lucky that they made it out of that accident alive. Someone was definately looking down on those animals, because as bad as this accident was, it's a miracle that any of these horse survived.

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