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A Horse Seized by the Humane Society in Boonsboro

July 03, 2013|BY Raychel Harvey-Jones



The Humane Society of Washington County seized a 26 year-old female Arabian horse from Edward Roher of Boonsboro on Monday

After receiving an anonymous call the humane society field services team headed to a location on Lappans road in Boonsboro, where two field officers accompanied by Michael Lausen, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, found a horse with clear signs of neglect, according to a veterinarian at the location. The owner was not at the location, so the seizure notice was given to the occupant of a near-by house.

“The horse is covered in pressure sores from constantly lying down and not be able to stand. This was probably caused by the pain in the horse’s feet,” said Crystal Mowery, field services officer for the Humane Society of Washington County. “We have trimmed the hooves as best we can but this horse has not seen a farrier in sometime. The horse is now on pain medication and seems to be reacting to it well already.”

Mowery said the paddock where they discovered the horse was found was “very small,” and the only food available to the horse was hay, which the horse could not reach.

“Maggots are starting to make their way into the wounds on this horse,” Mowery said. “We have picked most of them off and added some additional medication.”

Lausen said the horse had not received proper care for quite a while.

“We keep putting cream on her sores but as fast as we are doing that the flies are getting to the sores,” he said. “Her teeth are in really bad shape and she is in need of mayor dental work which needs to be done yearly. Her teeth are in such bad condition that she probably can’t eat a great deal of food, assuming there were food nearby for her to eat.”

Lausen said the Humane Society deals with cruelty cases on a regular basis.

“This is the side of the work carried out by the Humane Society people don’t often witness ... We have increased the activity of the field service team and sadly we are seeing more and more cruelty cases,” he said. 

A resident of the nearby area where the horse was kept informed the field officers that the owner visits the horse once each day. They also claimed that Roher or “Pete” as he is known to them would set up traps to catch the feral cats in the area. 

The HMTV6 News Now team spoke with the owner of the horse. 

“This horse is old — she is a cribber which means she chews wood and rubs up against wood that is why she has all those sores. I should have put her to sleep months ago. I feed the horse twice a day and visit her four times a day, so is not mistreated she is old,” Roher said. 

According to the veterinarian on site where the horse was found, the horse was clearly lacking proper nutrition and the prognosis is yet to be determined. 

“The vet doesn’t know what they are talking about,” Roher said. “She is fed, she is just old.”

Lausen said the Humane Society has submitted the information to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review based on animal cruelty.

“We have taken the opinion of two independent veterinarians, and the x-ray’s show that the collarbone of the hooves on the horse are broken,” he said. “She is basically walking on bone. “At this time based on the advice from the veterinarian a decision has been made to euthanize the horse. She is roughly 26 years old and with the broken collarbone, the abysses and other ailments it would take more than 18 months to bring her back to any kind of a healthy condition.” 

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As of Wednesday July 3, no charges had been filed against the owner.

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