Six Horses Seized in Langley, Two Dead, Four Frail
Last Wednesday SPCA officials were alerted to an incident of horse cruelty in South Langley. A couple had put their car into a ditch and were using an emaciated horse to try to pull it out. The couple had a total of six starving horses on their property. They were seized by the SPCA. Fire crews battled to free the exhausted horse from the ditch, but the horse died. Another horse was euthanized later. The remaining four are in frail condition and on a 24 hour watch. The SPCA is recommending charges against the couple.
To make matters worse, there are unsubstantiated reports that the couple are veterinarians.
Langley horse lovers have poured out their hearts to these unfortunate horses, with donations of hay, blankets and offers of foster homes.
Horses have been humanity's partner from early civilization. They allow us to sit on them and direct them on placid trails or into war. They have helped the great civilizations of the Near East develop agriculture. What do they ask in return? -- a few kind words, adequate food and a dry place to sleep. Cruelty to these noble animals should generate jail time.