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30 PONIES, DONKEYS, HORSES, AND A BULL SEIZED IN RUSH COUNTY

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On Friday, September 4, 2020 we were called to assist in the seizure of 30 ponies, donkeys, horses, and a bull due to alleged neglect. We are unable to provide any additional information on the situation.
HOWEVER, WE DO NEED HELP IN THE COST ASSOCIATED TO PROVIDE FOOD, BOARDING, AND VETERINARY CARE!
The donkey and the horse pictured are only 2 of the many who are in need of immediate veterinarian care. Two of the 30 were already deceased on arrival, leaving us with 28 needing immediate relocation and care.
As anyone who has cared for these species knows the cost is substantial and beyond what we have readily available in our donation account. We will be responsible for all costs initially. There is no special type of funding set aside by the state or county for this type of court case and ultimately becomes the responsibility of the rescues, shelters, and kind-hearted community members.
Our hope is those that are reading this post will step up and help lessen the financial burden we are facing. Until then, we will be diverting all of our already critically low donation funds to care for this group of animals, which may mean we will find ourselves unable to provide all the veterinarian care we already do for any incoming cats or dogs.
The Rush County Humane Society has committed $5,000 to get us started in the cost of care. We are looking at LEAST at $10,500 for 30 days of food and boarding. Veterinary cost is unknown at this time, but will certainly be a substantial cost as well.
At this time we are only able to accept cash or check for donations, we do not have approval as a city department to use any of the electronic funding applications (such as GoFundMe). Although, if you are interested in doing crowd funding for us, please let us know so we may share your effort on our page. We can accept supplies, such as hay and horse feed, also. All donations can be delivered or mailed to us at 650 Vansickle Street, Rushville, IN 46173.
*UPDATE 9/5/2020: A GOFUNDME HAS BEEN SET UP FOR US, CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
We are not 501c3 designated, but if you are interested in the tax benefit of your donation, you may contact the Rush County Humane Society for additional information. We do request that any donations given to us through the Humane Society specifically state for the Rushville Animal Shelter. You can reach someone by calling the Animal Hospital of Rushville at 765-932-5926.
If you are unable to help by offering money or supplies you can help in the following ways:
❤️Share our post! The more exposure, the more people aware who can help.
🙌Be our cheerleaders! We will need the support of our community to weather one of the hardest parts of our job.
🐈 Offer a donation above and beyond your adoption fee! We spend on average $78 per cat and $110 per dog. Anything to help cover the cost of your new pet, helps us with the cost of care of all these horses, ponies, donkeys, and bull.
*UPDATE 9/5/2020: WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE’S OFFERS TO HELP! WE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH OFFERS, PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE DO OUR BEST TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE!
*UPDATE 9/5/2020: THE RUSHVILLE TRACTOR SUPPLY HAS A TABLE SET UP IN THEIR STORE OF PRODUCTS WE WILL NEED TO ASSIST IN THE CARE OF THESE ANIMALS, SIMPLY GRAB A TAG OF THE PRODUCT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE AND BRING TO THE CASH REGISTER. THE STORE WILL THEN COORDINATE WITH OUR STAFF ON GETTING THE SUPPLIES TO ANIMALS.
*UPDATE 9/5/2020: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DONATING SUPPLIES, SUCH AS HAY AND HORSE FEED, PLEASE CLICK HERE. WE WILL BE COORDINATING THE MOST EFFICIENT AND ORGANIZED WAY TO GET THE ITEMS TO THE ANIMALS. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE WILL NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THE BEST WAY TO STORE ITEMS AND TRANSPORT ITEMS TO THE UNDISCLOSED LOCATION OF THE ANIMALS.
*UPDATE 9/5/2020: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HANGING FLYERS TO SPREAD THE WORD, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 9/6/2020: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE ANIMALS

We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of assistance ranging from donation of money, supplies, and offerings of foster and adoptions. We greatly appreciate everyone’s help and want everyone to continue! We wanted to give everyone a quick update:

All the animals are safely in one location and will remain there for their initial 10 days. We will not be disclosing the location for the safety and privacy of the family who is helping. The reason for the 10 day hold is because the Indiana State law states that the owner has 10 days to either post 30 days of bond for the care of their animals while going through the stages of their court case or to surrender their ownership of the animals. Every 30 days the owner is required to post bond for the next 30 days of care until the resolution of their case. If the owner fails to post bond at any point in the process, ownership of the animals is automatically removed.

In this specific case, if the owner posts bond, we will move to begin separating the animals into foster homes for their continued care until a resolution of the case.

If the owner fails to post bond or opts to surrender their rights, we will then move to begin separating animals to either foster to adopt, immediate adoption, or coordinate with specific rescues to take over the process of coordinating fosters and adoption processes.

*UPDATE 9/5/2020: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FOSTERING, ADOPTING, FOSTERING TO ADOPT, OR ARE A RESCUE: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION. WE ARE KEEPING A LIST OF PEOPLE TO CONTACT ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD.

UPDATE 9/9/2020: THE LITTLE DONKEY THAT STOLE OUR HEARTS

With heavy hearts we have a sad update this morning 😞
Lovingly named Stitch by the children who are helping with the care, was our little fighter.
When we arrived to seize him and his friends he was down and had us worried that he wouldn’t make it through the night. He just had no interest in getting up and fighting a little longer. It took 3 of us staff members, but with a big heave and push we finally got him on his feet. We helped him steady for a minute before leading him around to work them legs. He received lots of encouragement and pats for his efforts and started to perk up a bit. Soon enough he was following us around, trying to nibble on our notepad, investigate our clothes and camera, and come find us for nuzzles and back scratches. We very quickly fell in love with this fellow.
We thought we were on the road to recovery, but he quickly went down hill again. We had a vet out to examine him and begin a treatment plan. Prognosis was guarded, but we were hopeful he would pull through. Unfortunately last night we were informed he had passed. As you can imagine this was a huge blow to us as we had become attached.

UPDATE 9/9/2020 ON THE 28 HORSES, PONIES, DONKEYS, and BULL SEIZURE

It’s been a very busy and overwhelming few days with this case. We appreciate EVERYONE’S offers to foster, adopt and donate supplies and money!
We know many of you are eager for more information on the case, we will share as much information as possible as often as possible if and when appropriate as this is an open case. We can inform you that on 9/8/2020 charges have been filed and are pending against the owner which include five level 6 felonies and five misdemeanors.
For anyone who is interested in following the updates on these animals or want additional information on fostering or adoption or donations, we will update our website at this link 👉 https://wp.me/paqjT3-c8
Cooks Family Feed Barn will be offering a 10% discount to anyone who purchases supplies from them to be donated to the Rushville Animal Shelter. Contact them for additional information: Cook Family Feed Barn
Wear-House Resale Boutique will be offering a fundraiser for the Rushville Animal Shelter, details will be announced soon and will be shared when they do.
If you are an individual or business who would like us to share your fundraising efforts, please let us know!
Update 9/10/2020: Wear-House Resale Boutique has announced their fundraiser, find out more here: Rushville Animal Shelter Fundraiser
We’ve collected $9,940 so far between cash donations, the GoFundMe fundraiser, and the Rush County Humane Society donation to go towards the boarding and veterinary costs. Costs are beginning to roll in starting with a $500 vet bill for one of the donkeys – you can read about our sad update here 👉 https://www.facebook.com/2049011615319119/posts/2658088424411432/ . Although monetary donations so far are impressive, we are still a long way from what it may ultimately cost us. A new estimate is looking around $12,000 and can easily go up as veterinary care services are used. So if you can, please consider donating! You can find additional information here 👉 https://wp.me/paqjT3-c8
We have been blown away by the amount of hay and horse feed we received so far! At the moment we are set on hay and feed for the time being, but still want those who want to donate large hay bales, but haven’t yet, to hold off for a bit. Our biggest challenge is storage of those large bales, there just isn’t anywhere to keep it at the moment. We can arrange another delivery at a later date – if you haven’t yet, click the link above to submit your name for our list! If you are wanting to donate alfalfa cubes, misc. horse items, or small hay bales we can still take those and have the ability to store them until needed! Please contact us to arrange drop off.
With the holiday weekend behind us we have a farrier scheduled to evaluate several of the equine. Depending on the evaluation will depend on additional needs and costs above the initial service.
We are also working with a veterinarian and the rescue the equine and bovine are being kept at to determine individual health programs.
We have included an update on a couple of the animals from this case and are included with each photo on this post. As we stated above, we will share as much as we can if and when it’s appropriate.
PR Horse
UPDATE 9/9/20: THE HORSE WITH DETERMINATION AND PERSISTENCE
Perfectly named Ethel by the rescue family, is one with tenacity.
She had us worried with her condition, unsure of how much time she may have, but she was standing and that gave us hope.
Her personality was flat when we met her, but has begun to show a peak of who she is. She has enjoyed her grooming sessions.
An update from the rescue is she is still going strong and hope to see improvement with her body condition with her specialized diet plan.
Mom and Baby
UPDATE 9/9/20: THE DOTING MOTHER No name yet for the two, but not for long. Mom has been devoted to raising and protecting her baby. Mom is skittish around caretakers, but is slowly gaining trust in them. Both mom and baby have been doing well.

UPDATE 9/10/2020: NEWS COVERAGE AND UPDATE ON CASE

The Shelbyville News covered the story on their front page, you can find the electronic version here: Rushville Animal Shelter, County Sheriff seize 28 animals

The Greensburg Daily News covered the story in their paper: Charges filed in equine case

The WishTV 8 news crew came and interviewed our Director, Kasey Hanna. See the story here: 4 animals dead, 27 malnourished after Rushville animal seizure

The owner was arrested for five level 6 felony counts and 5 misdemeanor counts, booked into jail around 1:40pm and released around 2:50pm today.

UPDATE 9/11/2020: ADDITIONAL NEWS COVERAGE AND A PETITION

The WTHR 13 news crew came and interviewed our Director, Kasey Hanna. See the story here: Rush County man charged with neglecting dozens of animals

A petition was created by a community member, if interested in signing: Prosecute Gus Haley for Animal Abuse and Neglect To the Fullest Extent of the Law

UPDATE 9/24/2020: RELEASE OF OWNERSHIP AND A CALL FOR ACTION

We know everyone has been anxious to hear how everyone is doing! Everyone is doing well and making progress in trusting humans. The photos below this post are from 9/12/2020, one week after the seizer. Although too early to see a significant body condition change, it did seem like there was a significant change in their spirits!

On 9/15/2020 we spent the entire day out at the rescue farm starting with getting everyone haltered and tethered for their individual vet exam. The vet was able to do a hands on exam of everyone to note anything of concern and age them.

On 9/22/2020 we were notified by the court that the motion to award ownership of all 27 remaining animals be awarded to the Rushville Animal Shelter!!!!

We are now at the stage of contacting those that have expressed interest in fostering or adopting. Please understand we had a very large number of individuals express interest! We will contact you and if you haven’t heard from us, it may simply mean we had somone else we contacted first. Once we have exhausted our file of those that have expressed interest and we have animals still available, we will announce with a separate post indicating who we have left still in need of placement.

If you missed out on this group, don’t give up! There are many rescues who specialize in farm animals needing homes who would love to consider your adoption or foster inquiry. You can find a list here.

All the animals will remain under our ownership until the State of Indiana Board of Animal Health can perform their final inspection of each animal for their documentation to be submitted to the prosecutor as evidence. Once that has been completed, we will then move ownership from us over to those who are fostering with the intentiont to adopt.

We are at the point that we are looking for more hay donations! We have PLENTY of feed for everyone to last a few more weeks. If you are interested in donating more hay, please let us know. While we await the Board of Animal Health’s final inspection and the finalization of adoptions we will be providing hay, feed, supplies, and vet care for each of the 27. Otherwise, we want to thank EVERYONE who has donated hay, feed, and supplies! We simply can’t even express our gratitude well enough at the overwhelming support we received!!!!

We can’t believe the amount of monetary donations we received by mail, in person, and through GoFundMe!!! Again, we simply can’t express our gratitude well enough at the overwhelming support we received! The money will allow us to provide the absolute best care for each of the 27 until they are officially adopted. We haven’t exactly decided what we will do for any money left over yet, but we do know it will be put to good use! We still encourage people to continue donating, we simply can’t do nearly as much as we would like for the animals we serve without donation support. For information on donating, click here

Finally, we ask that you consider helping us with something that is VERY IMPORTANT and will only take a moment of your time and the cost of a stamp. For more information, please click here