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Three horses are dead and now three Rhode Islanders are charged with animal cruelty.

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Allison

West Greenwich, RI

#1 Feb 5, 2009
I wish that these animals were turned over to a rescue group before things were this severe. They did not deserve to be treated this way. If you do not have the means to care for them, ask for help or give them up. The state of the economy does not give you the right to not care for your animals. Does it make it alright to starve a child because the economy is terrible? No. So these people deserve whatever justice is served to them. Nothing can change the fact that these poor horses suffered and died because of it.
slammie

Coventry, RI

#2 Feb 5, 2009
It is appalling that this is happening. CALL for help people!!!

As a horse owner it upsets me when people seem to have way too many animals and they can not take proper care of them. I own ONE horse and that's what I can afford. It makes me ill to see and hear of this kind of neglect and abuse and I hope that these people will be banned from EVER owning another animal and fined or maybe jail OR better yet work at the SPCA for 6 months to see the reality of all the animals that can not help themselves.
Carol

Cranston, RI

#3 Feb 5, 2009
Tough economy my butt..these "owners" are nothing but cruel, insensitive people. If they couldn't afford to feed these poor horses, they could have called the SPCA and they would have gladly taken them into their care.

They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If they had starved their own children they'd be in prison for child abuse. Well, this is equal to that or worse in my opinion..it seems like it was purposefully done with total disregard to these living animals.

Throw the book on these worthless pieces of garbage. Maximum security prison at the ACI may wake them up.
horse momma

Providence, RI

#4 Feb 5, 2009
easy to dump on the folks who owned these poor animals but do consider while you send mental hate bombs that it is rather hard to "get rid of" a horse. can't take them to a shelter and abandon them as you might a dog or cat, and certainly can't dump them on a wooded road as I've seen folks do with house pets. also, feeding them is now a very expensive endeavor and horse rescue organizations are chock full and turning people away. should you choose to euthanize your horse you first have to find somebody who is willing to do it and likely will pay a fairly stiff fee for that service and then you have to be able to dispose of the rather large body in a appropriate manner. I am certainly not making excuses for the owner(s) of these horses but while we dump on them we must also consider that both horses and owners are very graphic victims of our economy, and we all may be facing hard times soon. lets have some compassion for all the victims of this tragedy and try to work on a solution for the rest of the horses out there!
mee

Charlestown, RI

#5 Feb 5, 2009
People if you cant feed your animals,take them to the animal reasue league. Animals should not be the ones to suffer!
Horse Play

Providence, RI

#6 Feb 6, 2009
Horse Play is a local Rhode Island horse rescue and sanctuary. We are here to help. We can find solutions. Please don't allow this to happen to another horse. Contact your local shelter or the RICPCA or us directly.
Horse Play

Providence, RI

#7 Feb 6, 2009
Horse Play is a local Rhode Island horse rescue and sanctuary. This is a very sad story. Even though our facility is full, we are here to help. We can find solutions. Please don't allow this to happen to another horse. Contact your local animal shelter, RISPCA or Horse Play directly and ask for help.
Horse owner

Middleboro, MA

#8 Feb 6, 2009
It is inexcuseable at ANY time, poor economy or not, to let an animal STARVE to death. If you cannot afford to feed your horse there are MANY horse groups and individuals who are more than happy to help out during tough times. I know this because I have personally done this for some of my less fortunate neighbors. The horse community in RI is small and close knit and does a lot of networking. At the very least make an effort to contact the authorities before letting your animals starve. Think about this for a moment - how many MONTHS does it take to let a horse STARVE to death???????? Why didn't the neighbors report this?
Catwoman

United States

#9 Feb 6, 2009
those people should starve to death too - see how it feels!
Catwoman

United States

#10 Feb 6, 2009
horse momma wrote:
easy to dump on the folks who owned these poor animals but do consider while you send mental hate bombs that it is rather hard to "get rid of" a horse. can't take them to a shelter and abandon them as you might a dog or cat, and certainly can't dump them on a wooded road as I've seen folks do with house pets. also, feeding them is now a very expensive endeavor and horse rescue organizations are chock full and turning people away. should you choose to euthanize your horse you first have to find somebody who is willing to do it and likely will pay a fairly stiff fee for that service and then you have to be able to dispose of the rather large body in a appropriate manner. I am certainly not making excuses for the owner(s) of these horses but while we dump on them we must also consider that both horses and owners are very graphic victims of our economy, and we all may be facing hard times soon. lets have some compassion for all the victims of this tragedy and try to work on a solution for the rest of the horses out there!
ok you say its easy to dump on these people, but was it easy for the horse owners to watch their horses starve to death??? Apparently it wasn't disturbing to them since they let it go this far. There is NO justification for this, NO excuses. It's just dead wrong. It's like letting your child starve to death because you don't have any money - or would you go out and look for some sort of help??? Animals depend on us as our children do. We must take care of them whether it be a good or bad economy. It's tough,but there was another way around this.
p2ey

Middleton, MA

#11 Feb 6, 2009
horse momma wrote:
easy to dump on the folks who owned these poor animals but do consider while you send mental hate bombs that it is rather hard to "get rid of" a horse. can't take them to a shelter and abandon them as you might a dog or cat, and certainly can't dump them on a wooded road as I've seen folks do with house pets. also, feeding them is now a very expensive endeavor and horse rescue organizations are chock full and turning people away. should you choose to euthanize your horse you first have to find somebody who is willing to do it and likely will pay a fairly stiff fee for that service and then you have to be able to dispose of the rather large body in a appropriate manner. I am certainly not making excuses for the owner(s) of these horses but while we dump on them we must also consider that both horses and owners are very graphic victims of our economy, and we all may be facing hard times soon. lets have some compassion for all the victims of this tragedy and try to work on a solution for the rest of the horses out there!
Give me a break... People can take care of themselves..at least most can...horses, dogs, cats, etc...are DEPENDENT!! They have to depend on someone caring enough about them to do the right thing. These people did not do that, they just sat back and watched their horses slowly starve to death. I cannot understand how a human being could do that!

NO excuses...none. When you get an animal you are signing up for a lifetime of care. Otherwise, how about this...DON'T GET ONE!!!! Makes me crazy mad that people just go out and get an animal like it is some kind of stuffed toy with NO responsibility for their wellbeing. It is a commitment. Don't go and get one unless you have the fortitude to see it through, no matter what.

These lowlifes will pay. One way or another they will pay. I'd rather spend my money on hay and grain than lawyers, fines and court costs. Idiots...deserve what they get.
mike

Charlotte, NC

#12 Feb 6, 2009
i know thies scum bags. dona zaborski is the owner of thies horses.she is adrunk and apill addict.donna went through 50 dogs in 3years.thay have plenty of money too feed a horse.tood blinkhorn just as guilty..one of donnas live in boyfriends is also guilty of being incredably stupid.dig around thare back yard if you think im full of ..it.sorry i dident come forward sooner
BIG John

Coventry, RI

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Should Starve all three of them in Jail...
DEE

Warwick, RI

#14 Feb 6, 2009
???
BIG John

Coventry, RI

#15 Feb 6, 2009
Mike From La Grande, OR Go back to high school and learn to Spell.
mike

Charlotte, NC

#16 Feb 6, 2009
did you knot get the point big john...
DEE

Warwick, RI

#17 Feb 6, 2009
Dona...how could you??? Todd....shame on you. I'm sure there were plenty of beers in your fridge and "smokes" in your pocket!!! There is NO excuse for this. Some animal lovers you two are!
oreo

Providence, RI

#18 Feb 6, 2009
Stare the owners to death!!
Katy

Providence, RI

#19 Feb 6, 2009
I had known these people personally, used to be friends with them quite a few yrs ago...I got one of my horses off them, as she was not being cared for properly at the time and I am glad she got the best home with me after that, that was 11 yrs ago, two of the horses mentioned i used to ride,show and feed them .

The horses were fed and taken care of by other people for yrs including myself paying for grain and hay for them so they were not under weight at the time. Quiet a few horse people have claimed they had reported the neglect but they were not penalized since the horses werent skinny at the time and had a supply of hay and grain, probably because all her friends were caring for the horses as always.

I guess it was just a matter of time when friends werent feeding the horses for them. I just hope they lock them up and throw the key away I cried my eyes out when i saw the one horse i knew for yrs on the ground in that picture, I sure hope they can never have another animal again.
Kins

Wethersfield, CT

#20 Feb 6, 2009
I wonder how seriously our court system will even treat this.If these were kids people would be going nuts including the media. It's plain and simple if they can do this to poor,defenseless animals they should be removed from society by any means necessary - we as a society should do onto them as they have done to theses animals - too bad the judge wont see it that way. Makes me phy7404sically ill and sad to say I am part of the same race as these losers. Wish I had more power in these situations so "I could take care of it"

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