Of course, that still leaves five in her care-- and they're still not pressing charges against her. Which is just super super awesome, considering the fabulous pictures we now have of the horses, and this video of her trashy, danger-filled property.
I guess the problem is that Mary's relatives are claiming they own, or part-own, the last five horses, and they've been moved closer to those relatives, in New Glarus and Belleville.
Uh.... so?! I just don't understand. Let's say this was a case involving humans. Mom abuses her kids for years, people call her out on it, so she ships them to Dad's house -- and the authorities just throw up their hands and say, "Oh, well, there's nothing we can do now!" Bullshit!
And it has been years that this abuse has been going on. Andrea Loeffelholz, Mary's sister-in-law, saw one horse sink chest-deep into the mud and die in 2008. Back then, Mary's defense was that, "...her veterinarian had determined that the horse died after developing colic from being exposed to the mud and water." OMG this "vet" is totally incompetent!!
Another quote from the local newspaper: "...But she was defiant, saying she’s been raising Saddlebreds for 20 years and that her family rode them in 4-H and showed them."
Dear Scumbitch: I don't care if you won a gold medal in Olympic Dressage, single-handedly saved fifteen foals from a fire, and bred a herd of magical pegasi. Even if your past horsey exploits were absolutely wonderful (which I doubt) it doesn't mean everything you've done since then is too!
*sigh* Anyway, it's important that we start to concentrate on helping those that have been saved. Dane County Humane Society was already dealing with eight horses surrendered to them by a homeless man. While some of those are already in foster homes, DCHS just does not have the resources for fifteen more horses!
Here's how you can help:
- Text "DONATE HAY" to 80077 from your mobile phone to donate $10 to care for horses in need.
- Mail checks payable to "DCHS" with "help the horses" in the memo the main shelter (5132 Voges Road, Madison).
- Make an online donation.
- To physically donate hay, regular-sized halters, leadropes, brushes, or salt blocks, call call (608) 838-0413 ext. 100. Stuff should be in decent condition; hay should be good quality.
- Apply to foster a horse.
- Adopt one of the six available horses from the homeless case. (The others aren't ready to be adopted out yet, and won't be for a good long while.)