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May 21, 2012
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For Immediate Release
Re: Dinwiddie Horses
50+ Horses and dozens of other animals seized in Dinwiddie County ,VA need immediate assistance.
United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) investigators and volunteers are assisting Dinwiddie County Animal Control in providing for horses awarded to them today in General District Court of Dinwiddie. The horses were seized in place at the home of Sara Johnson. The horses are being moved to other facilities as soon as possible but many more spaces are needed.
More than 1/2 of the horses, donkeys, and minis are emaciated and require medical attention. It is estimated that it will take six to 12 months for all of the horses to recuperate and regain their health.
Rescue Organizations and private citizens wanting to assist are encouraged to contact USERL or Dinwiddie Animal Control.
USERL 800-650-8549 Animal Shelter 804-469-4547
Please allow up to one week for a response from Dinwiddie County officials and USERL. Currently the priority is to address immediate needs for the horses (medical, feed, hay, water) and then placement of horses. Thank you for your patience!
Care for all animals is estimated to cost $200/day.
Immediate needs: Quality Square Bales of Grass Hay ( 20/day)
Donations of Feed ( Senior, Beet Pulp, Alfalfa Pellets)
Foster homes willing to cover feed expenses of horses in exchange for tax deductions.
Funds are available to provide needed veterinary and farrier care
Donate here for a tax deductible donation for the Dinwiddie County Horses:
Or visit our Contact Us page for mailing address (note checks for "Dinwiddie Horses")
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June 22, 2012:
Dinwiddie County Case Update
All seized horses have been removed from the original owners property. This task was huge considering the numbers. Many were placed with qualified rescue groups, thankfully. The remaining horses (alittle less than half of the number seized) are in a facility under the direction of the county. The next wave of placements will occur in the next few weeks.
If you have expressed interest in adopting, be sure you have sent in your application. Most of the remaining adoptions will be handled through Dinwiddie Animal Control, with assistance from USERL as needed.
20 charges were filed against Sara Johnson and she will appear in Dinwiddie General District Court in the coming weeks.
USERL is committed to assisting Dinwiddie County in any way possible. Approximately 12 of the herd entered the USERL program for rehabilitation and re-homing under USERL's adoption policies. They are currently in the VA - Tidewater Region and NC - Southeast Coast Region.
Donations are still welcomed by the county for the remainder of the horses in their care awaiting home placement, and those interested can contact them at 804-469-4547 for donation directions.
Donations are still needed for the twelve in the USERL program as well. You can make an online donation for them via paypal below, or checks can be mailed to:
USERL - Dinwiddie horses
9660 Falls of Neuse Road
Suite 138 Box 300
Raleigh, NC 27615
On left, Mare and foal at seizure. On right, 3 weeks later, they are doing much better!