Group forms to raise awareness about horse abuse

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

BATAVIA (FOX 19) - It's a story that has animal lovers standing up and taking notice and now they are taking action. Last month, police arrested 39 year-old Chad Moore after finding a horse graveyard and more than a dozen animals nearly starved to death.

He was supposed to be training and caring for the animals at a Bethel farm owned by his family.

Moore will be in court in two weeks on animal cruelty charges. He also faces theft and child support charges unrelated to the horse case.

Horse owners like Lynn Buede are heart-broken and angry when they look at the images of the horses starved to death and the video of the surviving animals. That is why she came out to the meeting.

"The people here who have shown up are a prime example, anybody would've throw feed, taken care of animals or contacted owners, they were race horses in this situation," Buede said.

This newly formed group is brainstorming ways to prevent more abuse and neglect by developing a network of horse owners who want to educate agencies in southwest Ohio that deal with cases like these.

They plan to develop a web site with information for people who need help caring for animals, want to give horses up for adoption and provide information on rescue centers, among other information.

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