Veterinarians call viral horse euthanizing rumors false

Published 4:10 pm, Sunday, September 3, 2017

As cleanup efforts begin across Houston in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, there has been a lot of information—and misinformation—flying around.

You may, for instance, have heard that as part of rescue efforts, authorities were “prematurely euthanizing horses” in lieu of transporting them or providing medical care. That is decidedly false, according to Dr. Nick Moore, of Moore Equine Dental Services in Georgetown.

Moore posted a video to his Facebook page stressing that veterinarians from all over had come to help treat horses impacted by Harvey, and that the biggest issue is “bad information on social media making it so people are not bringing their animals to us.”

“All these horses are being treated; nobody is being euthanized, and no horses are being taken away from their owners,” Moore says in the video update, showing viewers tables full of medical supplies along with horses being treated.

“These guys are all here working tirelessly with all their technicians and volunteers. There’s also rumors that the ASPCA has come in and take our supplies and shut us out — The ASPCA has been nothing but supportive.”

Other doctors in the video also made note that horses being treated for critical conditions were “in and out to the hospital.”

Moore stuck the blame on those out there spreading “bad information” (like the images of horses lying on the ground after allegedly being prematurely euthanized), reminding watchers that every hour counts for treatment of the animals.

Here’s the bottom line: You guys that are out there spreading that bad information, are actually killing and hurting animals, because every hour you delay (care) is the difference between life and death,” Moore said. “And that’s on you guys, not on anybody here at Ford Arena and has been here for the last several few days.”

As humans begin to assess the destruction in Harvey’s wake, as well as facilitating more evacuations, many sites have been cropping up to host pets and animals like horses, which can be difficult to accommodate in emergency shelters.

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