The necropsy reports for two young female horses who were found deceased and frozen on January 2nd 2018 along Girard Manor Road near Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania have been completed by a veterinarian at the Dep’t of Agriculture lab in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Both yearlings suffered from pneumonia, a preventable and treatable disease if provided with veterinary care. There were no signs of either being treated for this. The veterinarian who conducted the necropsies feels stress may have added to their illness.
Both horses were also emaciated. The yearlings’ weight was evident in their skeletal and bony remains. There was no milk in either stomach concluding they were taken from their mothers. Why they were taken is undetermined at the point. There was some food in their stomachs at the time of their deaths but they hadn’t eaten before they died.
It’s not known if they died from the pneumonia or lack of food. Perhaps, a combination of both.
There were no ID’s, tattoos or brands on either horse for identifying or tracing them to their owner.
Janine Choplick, Humane Officer for Hillside SPCA, told me there are current leads that are being investigated. They do feel it is a local person because of the desolate location. Someone had to know the area to dump the bodies in this isolated spot. Choplick said it’s not known if they were born in the “care” of breeders or bought at an auction to be in extremely poor condition. Either way is a very tragic tale for the yearlings.
Choplick stated that they don’t know if there are other horses suffering a similar fate as these two at the hands of the person (s) who did this.
The East Union Township Police Department is asking the public to call them if they have any information about what occurred to these horses at 570-384-5829. You can also contact Hillside SPCA at 570-622-7769. If you know anything, call the authorities so this injustice can be righted.
When I traveled to the location of the horses’ bodies, the magnitude of how tiny they were underneath the tarp left me shocked and heartbroken. All my brain could process was how much they suffered and how cruel they were discarded in a heartless manner.
Posted by Tina Evangelista-Eppenstein on Monday, January 8, 2018
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