By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
A pitiful, malnourished abandoned drug horse, used to move drugs across the Mexican border into Arizona, was so weak it kept trying to sit back on its hind legs because its front legs were too weak to hold it up, according to NY TIMES reporter Marc Lacey.
Brad Cowan, a 28 year livestock officer with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and his partner had to carry it into a horse trailer. “I’d get angry when I’d see the condition these horses were in,” he said.
Horrible sores from poorly fitting make shift saddles become infected, and their hooves get severely cut and infected. This horse had deep wounds in its hide and was very sick. Cartels use these Mexican horses to smuggle all kinds of drugs into our country and then usually just turn them loose in or around Phoenix and the Tonto National Forest.
Judy Glore, president of Heart of Tucson, a horse rescue operation, got a call about Lucky, a drug horse that had his tongue almost “cut in 1/2 from a sharp wire forced into his mouth.” She says she often gets horses in that are sticks and bones with horribly cut and damaged hooves. Rim Rock, an abandoned drug horse who was let loose in the Tonto National Forest, still suffers from deeply injured hooves, and must wear cushions because of the injuries.
These poor animals are driven to exhaustion and given little water to drink or food to eat in high desert heat by cruel drug smugglers whose only concern is to force drugs into America, and in doing so ruin even more generations of our young people.
“Last year, seven horses laden with 971 pounds of marijuana were discovered by Border Patrol agents in the Patagonia Mountains, ” reports Lacey. They can’t be easily assimilated with U.S. livestock without extensive disease testing and very expensive physical care.
If the Obama Administration continues to ignore the abject misery of the people of Arizona as well as the horror of human trafficking across our open borders, will they at least do something for these poor horses? Isn’t there something in our Constitution that requires our President to protect us? Well, he is NOT doing it! This is terrible!
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