Copiah County horses: From slaughter to Salvation - - Jackson, MS

Copiah County horses: From slaughter to Salvation

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A miracle is in the making. Rescue organizations from around the nation united to rescue 65 horses and mules headed to slaughter from Copiah County.

Chilling photo's of dead horses stunned Mississippians. They were found by Alicia and Scott Armstrong on a farm in Copiah county about a month ago.

"It was a nightmare. I mean there's no easy way around it, it was terrible," said Armstrong.  

Our coverage captured attention nationwide. Doctor Tai Curry-Fox with Mississippi Equine Sports Medicine, LLC received the initial call for help.

"I actually received the phone from Alicia Armstrong while she was on the premises, begging what can I do, can you come out here," said Dr. Curry-Fox.

Over 100 horses and mules, purchased at auctions, intended to be fattened up and sent to slaughter. Animal activists tell us the animals were in a critical situation.

Jerry Earls was paid by Arkansas businessman Mitch Stanley to provide feed and care. Authorities say that care was never provided.

"If the Armstrongs had never stepped foot on that property, nobody would have even known this was going on,"according to Dr. Curry-Fox.

Earls a convicted felon, was busted on 4 counts of animal neglect, MBAH charged Earls with 13 criminal counts for not burying the dead horses.

Justice for Copiah County Horses raised awareness, and outrage, prompting activist and strangers from around the world to rally around the horses and mules that were hauled to Texas December 18 by Stanley.  

Money was raised and rescue groups bought the herd. No one knows what shape they will be in after a 16 hour ride back without food or water.

"Some horses will seem to be okay and some are going to have that constant immune dispute with their body," said the vet. Those are the ones that will take a little bit more time to recoup." 

Here are a few necessary supplies Arabian Rescue Mission and other organizations need: Halters, lead ropes, wormers, and wound care.

"With their hoof conditions, I know you guys have seen all the pictures, vet wrap is a necessity," said Dr. Curry-Fox.

Rescue organizations report volunteers are en route to meet the herd that has caused quote: "A nation to come together over the holiday."

"This is a miracle isn't it. It is a miracle from the time that this all started and to receive enough donations to move these horses back, it took a lot of people."

In the end, horses and mules survived the march to death and are now on the long ride back home to greener pastures at Little Creek Ranch in Glen, Mississippi. Once the horses are assessed and cared for, they will eventually be adopted out.

ARM and SSHA posted the following message on Facebook: 

"Please bear with us as we prepare to leave and meet this herd that has caused a nation to come together over the holiday. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the herd will be on their way to Little Creek Ranch and legally belong to us, one week from the day we started. It has felt like forever, but it is finally here!

I want to thank Little Creek Ranch for having us and every one of you for helping in this and hope that you will continue to support these horses, ARM and SSHS.

Over the weekend we will be documenting, cataloging and identifying horses. Updates will be slow in coming but will be posted each night. Most humane societies do not let pictures be taken at this point but I feel to keep you updated properly and to educate everyone on what exactly happens to these horses, pictures are necessary. Some may be graphic.

Please, if you feel strongly about this and the content, sign the petition, write letters, do what you can to STOP this nightmare and abuse from continuing.

We will need volunteers to help with the care of the horses until they are placed. If you are interested in adopting, fostering or have room at your rescue, download your application off the Arabian Rescue Mission website, We need all the help we can get.

The farm is Little Creek Ranch, 181 CR 345, Glen MS 38846. So please c'mon out and get your hands dirty to help these horses. They deserve it and you'd be amazed how good you will feel.

Accounts have been set up at the feed store and vet below under the name Copiah County Horses. Donations can be made either through our website or directly to them and they both take cc's by phone:

  • Roy's Feed, 511 Cox St., Corinth MS 38834 - (662)286-9223 
  • Kay Locke & McGee Veterinary Clinic, 811 S. Tate St., Corinth MS 38834 - (662)286-3304 
We will also need supplies. Our wish list for the Copiah County Horses:
  • Dewormers 
  •  F/S Halters 
  •  Leadlines Furazin Ointment 
  •  Lead lines Bute Antibiotics (SMZs, Naxcel) 
  • DMSO Gel Betadine scrub 
  • Gauze Pads 
  • Telfa Non-Stick Pads (small & large) 
  • Cotton Sheeting 
  • Vet Wrap Duct Tape 
  • Standing Wraps 
  • Pillow Wraps 
  • Grooming Tools 
  • Wheelbarrows 
  • Future Forks (manure forks) 
  • Shavings Hay (Square and Roundbales)
  • Pelleted Grain 
  • Dormosedan Paste 
  • Injectable Tranquilizer 
  • Salt/Mineral Blocks.

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