Mistreated Horses In ENC Find Safe Haven

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

In a tough economy many of us are looking for ways to cut back on expenses.

But in some cases those cut-backs are leaving animals here in Eastern Carolina abandoned and malnourished and we're not just talking about dogs and cats.

One local organization says it keeps having to rescue neglected horses living in life-threatening conditions.

But there's a problem, they've got too many to handle and not enough hands to do it.

Theresa Campbell is a cruelty investigator and uses her property in Greenville as a rehab farm for the United States Equine Rescue League.

The organization saves horses, tends to their needs, and then tries to adopt them out. But right now, there are too many cases to oversee.

A critical situation, that could get even worse for some abandoned horses with no-where else to go.

Campbell says, in some cases those animals will have to be put down.

That's why she's trying to recruit as many foster homes as possible which will hopefully lead to permanent homes.

Right now there are more than 30 horses in foster care in Eastern Carolina, 15 of those were taken in this year.


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  • by Teresa Location: Pitt County on Aug 21, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    Thank you WITN for such a great story! USERL hopes this will bring more public awareness to these neglected horses plight. Amother way people can help is to attend our Pancake Supper on Aug. 29th at Trinty Episcopal Church on Hwy. 33 in Chocowinity from 5 to 7 pm. All you can eat Pancakes and Sausage for only $6. All money raised will help feed and care for Rescue horses this winter in our area. Please come out and support this event. You will meet a lot of our great volunteers and have an awesome meal!
  • by Terri Location: Pitt Co on Aug 21, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    And might I also add....USERL is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.
  • by Terri Location: Pitt Co on Aug 21, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    Donations to US Equine Rescue League can be sent to: USERL, PO Box 358, Pollocksville, NC 28573. As a cruelty investigator for the league, I can attest to the enormous need we have for foster homes & donations. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • by angel Location: williamston on Aug 21, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    thats messed up man, its like if u aint going to take care of ur animals y do u get them.
  • by Pitt Co Location: Pitt Co on Aug 21, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    For those of you that wish to help a horse but the lack of pasture and barn make this impossible, please consider a few dollars to go towards food, vet bills, etc. Five dollars here and five dollars there will go a long way in helping defenseless animals. Contact Theresa Campbell with the United States Equine Rescue League ... just see what sort of help they need and I guaranty you'll feel great!
  • by Thugs on Aug 21, 2009 at 03:51 AM
    Wouldn't the peolpe who owned the horses qualify to be in the same class of people as Michael Vick. Starving an animail is jst as cruel as fighting animals.
  • by Mother Location: washington on Aug 21, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    This is realy sad If it wasn't for me living in town I would be glad to help. there are many people in the area that have empty horse farms. I wounder why they dont try to help
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Where are the comments I wonder who owned these horses? Was it a thug?
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