When I think about living a life filled with abundance, I cannot imagine that life without animals. I have been an animal lover my whole life. I started out with goldfish (that cost about $.05 a piece and lasted about a day) and added two tiny turtles I named “NoNo” and “SoSo.” They lasted quite a while.
At 5 I begged for and was granted a cat named Kitty Gray. A string of cats followed, as well as a German Shepherd/Collie mixed puppy who was stolen.
I always wanted a horse and my husband bought one for me. However, because I had 3 young children, I didn’t have enough time to spend with her, so I gave her away to a horse friend who lived on a farm.
At one time, our family had 2 hamsters, 2 parakeets, a beta fish, a cat, a horse and 3 dogs. I was in heaven! The photo in the header above is our current dogs, 2 Rough Collie puppies and a long coat German Shepherd.
However, animals cost money. There are food expenses and veterinary bills. In the case of my horse there was a monthly boarding fee as well as the farrier fees.
I don’t care how much you love animals, if you cannot afford or are unable (or unwilling) to take care of them, then you should not have them.
This brings me to the reason for this blog post today. The news is reporting that a man in South Carolina had at least 3 dogs (rough collies) and 29 Arabian horses who were matted, malnourished and sick. One of the horses was dead.
From the Examiner:
South Carolina resident Ron Hevener seems to have lived a charmed life. According to his biography on his official website, Hevener owns “one of the oldest dog show kennels in the U.S.” and he’s both an artist and a licensed racehorse trainer, but according to WLTX.com, the Calhoun County resident is now facing multiple counts of “ill treatment of animals,” dogs and horses.
The Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers told WLTX that in April, someone tipped them off about the malnourished horses on his farm on Doodle Hill Road in St. Matthews. The officers found a dead horse and a veterinarian determined that other horses were in need of immediate care.
Photographs taken by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department show the horses have back and hip bones clearly protruding. Hevener was charged with eight counts of ill-treatment and given a plan to bring the animals back to a healthy condition but by 12 May 2015, the deputies returned to the farm and found that the animals were still suffering. Hevener was arrested and 29 of his horses were seized. County animal control officers, the Humane Society and the Arabian Rescue Mission are caring for the horses, but Collie Rescue of the Carolinas is taking on the three dogs.
As an animal lover, this just breaks my heart.
Animals become a part of your family and should be treated with love. Kindness isn’t just for humans.