Months After Accident, Oklahoma Horses Reach Safe Haven

August 14, 2010 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | Category: Heroes | 16 comments
Tags: adoption & rescue, heroes

Photo courtesy of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

Thanks to the HSUS and Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, 17 horses have the chance to be adopted into loving forever homes.

For 17 horses in Oklahoma, the path to rescue has been long and difficult, but has a happy ending at last.

On Thursday, following a long negotiation process, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue secured custody of these animals, who survived a terrible horse trailer accident in May.

At the time of the accident, the horses were bound for slaughter, part of a group of 30 animals who were being transported. After the truck overturned, thirteen horses perished as a result of their injuries.

17 horses survived the crash, but still had more obstacles to overcome.

"These horses had already been through so much, and still faced the possibility of being shipped to slaughter when we intervened," said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS' Oklahoma state director.

The HSUS and Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue worked together to negotiate the release of the horses from their Missouri-based owner, a slaughterhouse middleman known as a "killer buyer." The buyer ultimately decided he wanted to "do the right thing" by allowing these horses to go up for adoption.

Two anonymous donors provided the funding needed to cover the costs to secure the release of the horses, their transport to Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue's facility, and their immediate veterinary needs. The horses will remain in the care of the horse rescue group until they are ready to be adopted.

"We are very happy that the owner agreed to give these horses a shot at living a full life, in the comfort of a loving family,” said Armstrong.

Natalee Cross, president of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, agrees.

"I am so glad that these horses now have a second chance at life. They were doomed for slaughter for human consumption, suffered a trailer wreck and now have a chance to be part of someone's family," said Cross. "They will know what love is and no longer fear what is around the corner. They have a new beginning."

Each year, tens of thousands of American horses are transported over long distances, without food, water and rest, to foreign-owned plants. The HSUS is working to pass federal legislation, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/S.727) to permanently end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption abroad.

To find out more about Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, visit

To find out more about The Humane Society of the United States, visit

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5 years ago

I wonder if someone selling a horse can keep them from being sold for slaughter.

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Denise L.

Denise L.
5 years ago

So glad that the survivors are still with us. It does break my heart that horses are being slaughtered & treated like needs to stop NOW!

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