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Horse euthanized; questions of animal cruelty rise
by Zack Steen
Mar 14, 2014 | 65 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 24-year-old horse on Box Chapel Road, who many thought to be mistreated and malnourished, was euthanized Thursday night.
The 24-year-old horse on Box Chapel Road, who many thought to be mistreated and malnourished, was euthanized Thursday night.
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“Strawberry,” a.k.a “Rodeo,” has been laid to rest.

The aging, struggling horse on Box Chapel Road who many thought to be mistreated and malnourished, was euthanized by Dr. Matt McGee around 6 p.m. Thursday night.

The horse’s story went viral earlier this week due to Facebook photos and regional news media coverage, and now that the horse is suffering no more, a community is left with questions and concerns on the issue of animal cruelty.

The Facebook photos showed the horse laying on the ground with her rib cage bones and hip bones visible. Within a few hours, the photos had went viral across the Internet.

A controversial TV news clip aired Tuesday night showing the horse active and standing. Less than an hour after the clip aired, the horse kneeled to ground never to stand again.

“To the best of my knowledge, the horse did not stand for 24 hours straight,” said McGee, a long time veterinarian at Corinth Animal Care Center. “The longer a horse is down and in one spot, the harder it is for the horse to ever stand on their own again.”

McGee donated his services and paid medication costs out of his own pocket to treat the 24-year-old horse.

“Upon the owner’s request and after numerous medication shots, I agreed to put her to sleep,” McGee said. “It was the best thing to do, because she was not getting any stronger.”

The animal’s owners Chris Smith and Sandee Collie along with Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter Volunteer Director Charlotte Doehner stayed by the side of the downed horse Wednesday and Thursday.

Many community well wishers dropped off hay and other items for the horse throughout Thursday.

PETA and the Humane Society of Mississippi along with the Corinth Police Department continue to invest the situation.

“We are very relieved the horse is no longer suffering,” said PETA Cruelty Case Report Director Stephanie Bell. “The case is currently being investigated by several key members of our team, as well as myself.”
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