All of the
Non-Profits are asking for MONEY! Why did they assist with the 3
Strikes Issue - well, MONEY, they needed to get money and they DON'T know
anything about Wild Horses. They just saw it as a way to get there name in
the news and make money. It's economics, cry and wine to the
Public theory. Their saying, They're stupid, the public that is, they'll give us money and we can have pizza
parties and drink scotch and we don't have to do the RIGHT thing, just act
like we are! Times are tough for everyone, we don't need non-profits
around that do unjust to animals like Jerry Finch has in this event.
He's doesn't care about one animal, he makes you think he does so "he" can
Integrity is right out the
You CAN NOT vaccinate for
salmonella, pigeon fever, bastard strangles and more! Horses in general
carry many other diseases that you can not vaccinate for, all Horses,
both Domestic and Wild.
for 3 Strike Ranch photos and
VIDEOS and REPORTS and REWARD, your not
suppose to know about! 3
Strikes has New Horses and GRASS!
If you are going to use
the Bridgeport Fairgrounds please use caution as advised and Feed your
horses up off the ground and use and independent water supply, do not use
the drinking troughs at the grounds until they have been certified clean and
Caution was advised before
they moved these and this request was IGNORED by the Sheriff and Jerry
Finch, Habitat for Horses and HSUS, Scotlund Haisley.
Both Non-Profit groups
have moved out of the area leaving any Bills that may still be incurred out
there to be collected by a "Volunteer" and then sent on the HSUS office.
Photo of Closure of BLM’s Palomino Valley
Wild Horse and Burro Holding Facility 9/28/07
Courtesy of Wild Horse Spirit, Ltd.
Several adopters are yet
to pick up there adopted horses. Leaving a volunteer to care for
these. This volunteer is charging for feeding these until they are picked up
when the feed was paid for by HSUS/Habitat For Horses, what is this, FRAUD,
many of the volunteers are upset that this was a
slam-bam-get-out-of-town-sham before this whole mission gets found out to be
a serious health issue with the horses. These wild horses are now
scattered over many states.
How many actual adopters
are willing to come forth with the health issues?
One adopter in California
is having serious major health concerns with her horses and now has contact
the vet to do emergency testing on these before they die. Again Jason
Meduna call for help on the blog-chat rooms fell on deaf ears and now they
have hung him out and now the real issues are coming up, Could it have been
Meduna was right and the "people-public" that wanted to hang him could be
liable for the wrong doings?
If your wild horse comes
up sick and sickens your other animals please send your Vet Bills to both
Jerry Finch and Scotlund Haisley for they led the pack on moving these
before they were healthy enough to move on.
Click and Read:
Struggling Foal #1047 captured from the Jackson
Mountains Herd Management Area in NV.
Photo taken on 9/28/07 at BLM’s Palomino
Valley Wild Horse & Burro Holding Center.
Jackson Mountain dead foal at BLMs
Palomino Valley Wild Horse & Burro
Photo taken on 9/28/07.
Courtesy of Wild
Horse Spirit, Ltd.
“The recent problems at Palomino Valley are primarily
attributed to the very poor condition
that the Jackson Mountain horses were in when they came off
Albert J. Kane, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Program Manager and Senior Staff
U.S. Department of Agriculture APHIS
What caused the problem of Salmonella?
The Jackson horses had been eating a
poor diet of brush. When they arrived at the Palomino
Center some of them had difficulty
in transitioning to a diet of hay. Many of the animals were
very thin, in poor physical
condition, and weak due to lack of forage and water resulting from
the extended drought, which caused
normal levels of Salmonella bacteria, present in the
animal’s gut, increase to levels
that made the animals sick (diarrhea).
A large number of the horses were in
condition class 1 ˝ or 3 based on the Henneke rating
system (thin or very thin). Most of
the horses came in with snotty noses resulting from alkali
dust (due to drought), followed by a
change in weather to hot days and cold nights.
Wild horses captured from the
Herd Management Area in NV. Photos
10/06/07 at BLM’s Palomino Valley
Wild Horse &
Burro Holding Center. Courtesy of
This is October and the
facility was closed down for 90 days and this would put them into
Nebraska Sick Wild Horses on the Move
Release. Friday, May 7, 2009
Contact Ray Field, Wild Horse Foundation, Franklin, Texas
Texas---In less than 2 days, "Habitat For Horses" President Jerry Finch will
do the most cruel and unusual event of the Alliance Nebraska Wild Horse
Rescue Case that has been dominating the media. Finch has stated that all
the wild horses have had toxicology tests performed and Dr. Tom Furman
confirmed on DSDZFM radio last Friday, May 1st that "he did not perform
toxicology tests or any other tests besides Coggins and several
necropsies." No horse has been given a clean Bill of Health to state if
the wild horses are Healthy. Federal Law requires that before a veterinarian
can issue such, a "Certificate of Health" the horse must be in range
of weight/size ration limits and disease free" at least.
will Jill Star, President of Lifesavers out of Lancaster, California stated
"The wild horses should not have been moved until determination was made of
the health condition." The wild horses were moved anyway lead by Jerry
Finch and HSUS, Humane Society of the United States, Scotlund Haisley,
Director of Emergency Services through out other states. State laws require
that a current "health certificate" be available as they go through each
state. Upon inspection of the check points if the department of Agriculture
inspects and see these horses are not of healthy criteria they can turn
these vehicles back around to their originating point.
Evart was out April 30 to do more test work on 6 out of 211 horses to try
and come up with some degree of illness. Dr. Evart states that "there is
something going on but without the necessary tests we will never know." 6
is not a proper ratio to determine health issues.
Executive Director and Founder of the Wild Horse Foundation, the largest
wild horse adoption center in the United States, second only to the
Department of Interior, notes that 53 wild horses came in with disease and
he lost 23 of the wild horses before the results could determine the illness
and then another 6 after. Mr. Field's states that the "wild horses were
losing weight, falling from the hips to the
ground, drawing in and becoming dehydrated with loose stools". You
could notice the face was close to normal but when the horse looks at you
and is trying to tell you something is drastically wrong. Any animal
according to Field's, can tell you when something is wrong if your tuned to
Anyone can google
search the Jackson Hill Palomino Valley (Nevada) information and research to
know that when the BLM set its' gather up in that HMA, (herd management
area), in July 2007 and the company used to gather these could not make it.
The BLM knew that the horses did not have enough vegetation or water to hold
them and did nothing. When many citizens started to complain about the
condition of the wild horses the BLM did make notice that over a hundred or
so of the wild horses out in the area died from not enough water and food
sometimes eating there own stools to survive. Overgrazing
was due to 160 cows to 1 wild horse ration on federal lands.
BLM removed these to Palomino Valley holding in late September early
October, many horses were dying in the facility. The APHIS (Veterinarians
of Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) after a week or so decided it was
best to close the facility for a period of several months according to the
BLM statement. The wild horses were isolated away from some other areas of
the facility to protect them. The APHIS determine it was "Salmonella" which
is highly infectious and can be spread by contact, water and air borne.
There are no known preventative measures to take other than let it run its
course. If the wild horses or any horse
recovers from it then they
are carriers for life and can at any time regenerate the disease.
The accused did in fact receive many horses from the BLM Palomino Valley
holding area in January 2008. This was at the end of the Quarantine Period,
just as the BLM was opening its facility back up. It is possible to leave a
facility with "no signs" and then get sick after they arrive in a different
climate, or due to stress or mishandling. The BLM does not send out notices
that "your new wild horses maybe infected". It's the old rule, "Don't ask -
Mr. Field does not support what happened to these wild horses from anybody,
he states, "That the wild horses should be given every chance to recover
before they are moved." Clinical tests are crucial and must rule out other
diseases like Swine Flu so it would be prudent to take every precaution
here. If the veterinarians were concerned about the out break and not who's
paying the bills as much but protecting the integrity of medicine in the
case. Again, Mr. Field's is stating the issue that the horses should be
given the opportunity to recover. If designated tests can prove they are
"within limits" then move the horses to new homes and only then once all
else has been ruled out.
important to focus on the issue and the non-profits greed for money because
they took on the challenge to save the wild horses. In every context you
read about, it was all about give us money. Both Habitat for Horses and the
Humane Society of the United States have the financial accounts to not need
the public's money.
about greed and power", states Field. Moving these wild horses that are a
part of our American Heritage and Legacy without regards to their health is
irresponsible. Finch claims the horse are gaining weight at the rate of
almost a hundred pounds in a week, while Gina Berg had overheard a
conversation with Jerry Finch in which it was stated about the sick horses;
These horses are not adoptable, we are going to have to euthanize them.
Dr. Richard Porter of Nebraska-based KV Vet Supply, in an email statement,
Porter said "I'm thankful for all those who responded so quickly to the
rescue effort. I estimate my horse is at least 150 to 200 pounds underweight
and will take several months to gain that weight back.
If Dr. Porter states it
will take several months to regain the weight, then how can Finch claim the
wild horses gained 50 - 100 pounds in a week?
Horse Foundation and other large wild horse organizations knew this was not
a quick fix. Both Habitat for Horses and HSUS are running this like a
Hurricane recovery drill thinking that all the owners will claim there
animals. It didn't happen and they need to settle in for the long haul.
Jill Starr and Mr. Field were going to take 30 and 100 wild horses until
HSUS moved in and upset the wild horse groups efforts, all for the sake of
"cutting their teeth in on wild horses".
continues to request that the "right thing" be done for the wild horses
health sake and for the new owners sake. "Diseases spread, kill and
The Wild Horse Foundation
is the largest wild horse adoption group in the United States. For more
Susan Calhoun, President, Ray Field, Executive Director. You can help by
Horses found dead, starving in Nebraska
By Kerri Rempp, Chadron Record staff
More than 200 wild horses and burros were removed from the 3-Strikes
Ranch near Alliance because of allegations of abuse and neglect, and ranch
owner Jason Meduna, 42, was arrested last week on one count of animal
cruelty. He posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond and was released from jail.
The emaciated horses were legally surrendered last week to horse rescue
groups Habitat for Horses and Lifesavers Foundation.
The ranch first came to the attention of law enforcement when Meduna
contacted media and police last month regarding a mustang he believed to
have been stolen. He also said someone had been poisoning his horses. Court
documents indicate law enforcement interviewed neighbors who produced photos
of horse carcasses allegedly left on Meduna's property, as well as pictures
of overgrazed grass and of horses reaching across fences in an effort to
The court records also say the Morrill County Sheriff's Department flew
over the property April 9 and discovered a horse that appeared to have been
down for days and a large number of horses in a corral with no evidence of
feed. Earlier that week, the Bureau of Land Management visited the ranch to
inspect five horses under BLM jurisdiction that were being boarded at
3-Strikes. Meduna told the BLM four of the horses had already died. The
fifth horse, found in poor condition, was removed from the ranch.
An arrest affidavit cites BLM officials as saying that 175 horses were
boarded at the 1,900-acre ranch.
Jerry Finch, of the Texas-based Habitat for Horses, found that Meduna's
ranch in Morrill County had pastures devoid of grass with little or no
edible grazing. On April 26, Finch accompanied a sheriff's deputy in a
flyover of the property and discovered the bodies of more than 60 dead
horses. Nearly all of the animals on the ranch were malnourished; their
back, ribs and hip bones were very pronounced.
The horses were quickly moved to the Bridgeport Rodeo Grounds, where
veterinarians and volunteers will examine and treat each horse as needed.
Finch estimates that more than 30 stallions were comingled in herds,
indicating that many of the mares may be pregnant. According to Jill Starr
of Lifesavers Foundation, "the ultimate goal is to place these animals in
homes and facilities capable of addressing their needs and where they will
have the opportunity to thrive."
But Ray Fields, founder of the Wild Horse Foundation in Texas, said
transporting the horses to other locations may have been premature and could
have aided the spread of contagious diseases. Fields said blood work and
nasal swabs should have been conducted before the animals were moved. He
said failure to do so could possibly mean the spread of salmonella and
Salmonella can be spread through air, water and direct contact. It can be
transmitted to humans.
Fields said he has talked to Meduna since his arrest and believes he may
have inadvertently adopted horses that had recently recovered from a
salmonella outbreak at an adoption center in Nevada. Fields claims Meduna
adopted horses from Palomino Valley Adoption Center in January 2008 and said
there is at least the possibility that some of the infected horses were sent
to Nebraska. Then, when the horses became stressed again, due either to
harsh storms with fluctuating temperatures that the area experienced,
inadequate feed or a combination of both, the salmonella may have
"All it takes is one to break out with salmonella or rhino, and
everybody's got it," Fields said. "(Salmonella) is extremely detrimental to
animals." Fields said he isn't trying to excuse any alleged neglect, but he
is concerned about making sure if the horses are diseased that they are
stopped from spreading those diseases. Moving the horses before they were
given a complete examination, including blood work-ups and nasal swabs, was
a mistake, he said. Officials should have put at least considered the
possibility of disease once they knew some of the animals came from Palomino
If salmonella is a contributing factor to the horses' poor condition,
moving them has spread the disease to every trailer used to haul them, as
well as to the fairgrounds, which means more ranches and more horses could
become infected. The disease can cause weight loss, dehydration and diarrhea
and can live in the soil for more than 300 days.
Adoptions of the animals or moving them to the Texas and California-based
rescue operations that have agreed to take them will further complicate the
problem, Fields said.
He called for every horse to be tested immediately.
"This is about education. This is about prevention," he said. "How bad do
they want this disease to be spread?"
last updated 1-4-10