CREAM RIDGE, N.J. — Several trotters and pacers were spared from a trip to the Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses thanks to the efforts of two groups.
On Jan. 16 the 35 horses had been tagged to ship to slaughter but Save Our Standardbreds From Slaughter, (SOSS), which is active on Facebook and is associated with Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), had already been working for several days to find past connections to help these horses.
The horses were in undisclosed locations at Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kansas.
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) has moved most to safety or were scheduled to move them within a day or two as of Jan. 23. Several in need of veterinary care have received it. A pregnant mare has an offer from Fair Winds Farm in New Jersey to take her in until she foals, then both mom and baby will then need homes.
Offers have been received and are being screened but other offers are being accepted. Fair Winds will also take home the mare they had bred, Speed Week. They already have a few that were in trouble before and are now safe with them. Morrisville College has reached out to help Sparkling Credit, the Celii family is helping the two they had bred, and Newhart will return to his family in Canada. A couple of other past owners have helped by paying to release the horses, but are unable to take them.
The youngest horse, just 6, had suffered a fractured hip among other injuries and was euthanized.
The 34 remaining horses will be in quarantine for 30 days, in New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The facilities SRF uses have an open-door policy. Visitors are welcome.
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