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The following story may be disturbing to some, but awareness and reality must be spread regarding this all-too frequent occurrence of animal abuse, abandonment and unnecessary death. Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary was contacted by a friend on Monday, January 6th about a dead horse found in the area of the Tucson city limits called “Dogpatch,” a desolate, remote area easily forgotten.
Since before 2013, “Dogpatch” has been known for it’s being a “dumping ground” for both deceased and live horses and dogs. As our supporter drove down the dirt road near the dumpsite, he noticed a large mass in the road in front of a house which was 10-20 feet away. As he approached the dark mass, he soon realized what it was, and he could not believe his eyes. A once beautiful, spry, loving horse was discarded like the trash that was piled in heaps near him, like he also was something to be thrown away. No life left, no heartbeat, just lying there.
A rope or bailing twine was laying under his front hooves.
We tried to call numerous agencies such as the Arizona Department of Livestock, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the Tucson Police Department, and the Animal Cruelty Task Force Message Line.
Each department passed us off to the next. They said that unless there was foul play suspected, they would not send any investigator out to investigate, that “nature would just have to take its course.”
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Hello Facebook Friends and Supporters!***THE FOLLOWING PICTURES ARE GRAPHIC & MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME. BUT IT IS…Posted by Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary on Monday, January 6, 2020
Mark Mingura covered the story for KVOA News 4 Tucson:
In October 2019, a Federal Law under section 48 of title 18, United States Code to “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act” or the “PACT Act” was passed making animal cruelty convictions a Felony.
Anyone violating this section shall be fined or imprisoned for not more than 7 years, or both.
Stephanie Weaver covered a story about this new law and told the story of our Apollo, one of the lucky ones.