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for unwanted horses

I wanted to first off thank Katie Wilson and The Spotlight staff for such a well written and comprehensive story regarding the plight of horses in Columbia County and the state of Oregon. (“All the Pretty Horses,” Feb. 6).

As the person who rescued and ultimately reunited Cajun the starving Arabian horse with his original owners last month, I can tell you that his story is sadly an all-too-common one regarding horses that fall through the cracks.

In Columbia County, neither Animal Control nor the Columbia County Humane Society has the resources or facilities to even address basic animal neglect or abuse cases regarding horses. The Oregon Humane Society is contracted to provide this service, but as their focus is primarily in saving dogs and cats, horses literally go starving in our community with little help. Horse owners that lack money or skill to properly care for neglected animals have few options available for help, thus these poor equines show up at the auction, lame, hungry and destined for a horrible death in the Mexican or Canadian slaughterhouses.

For owners that need help with care or humane euthanasia for their horses, some opportunities are available. Sound Equine Options, a veterinary volunteer group located in Gresham, provides qualified owners vet care services based on availability. They can be contacted at 1-877-707-7675.

The Wildlife Safari in Winston has a horse euthanasia program that helps them feed the carnivores in the park. To get a horse on the list, call 541-679-6761.

Harmony New Beginnings, the horse rescue I volunteer with, can also help with rehoming of horses and adoption contracts that keep the horses out of the hands of kill buyers. Joy Laudahl, co-founder of Harmony New Beginnings can be reached via Facebook or at 503-569-1969.

On Facebook, “Free Horses in Oregon” group assists with finding homes for horses that are free or being sold for less than $400.

For enforcement or abuse issues, the USPSA, a horse rescue and enforcement group located in Yamhill County, can provide assistance regarding abuse cases, contact via Facebook or call 503-662-0082 to report abuse.

Thank you again for the article and for all the positive feedback regarding the horses in need, with more awareness and your help I hope in some small way I can continue to make a difference with these wonderful animals.

Jeannine Duehren

St. Helens

Pondering Moses

Thank you for the Dawn Britton column on Feb. 20. To continue where she left off: This nation as a matter of public policy for more than 50 years has been embracing what God Almighty condemns and as academic policy for more than 100 years has taught that God is a figment of foolish superstitious ignorance which no intelligent person can believe.

We are living with the consequences of our public policies. Moses, in his farewell sermon to Israel before he died, set before them blessings and curses, good and evil, life and death. It is too long to summarize in a short letter, but he warned them there are consequences. It would be worth the time to read and ponder.

Eugene A. Oster

Scappoose

Gun-free zone makes schools vulnerable

The St. Helens School District is on the verge of passing a motion declaring all the district’s buildings, indeed, a radius around the campuses “gun free zones.” I don’t think this is wise.

1. Almost every recent mass killing has been done by people who would disregard this designation. Actually, it would give them courage that their plan of mayhem and slaughter would be unopposed long enough to be effective. Do you really think it’s wise to publicize this vulnerability?

2. There’s a saying among law enforcement: “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” Why limit the rights of law-abiding citizens who might be able to step in and stop a crazed attacker bent on slaughter?

3. If Congress isn’t allowed Constitutionally to limit access to guns, certainly local school boards don’t have the right. Where’s the ACLU when you really need them?

Perhaps it’s time to look seriously at our mental health structure; how we care and track the seriously mentally ill and deeply troubled among us. We are failing these families.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose