Archive for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Eudora man faces animal cruelty charge related to ‘shocking’ condition of pony’s hooves

June 28, 2011, 12:10 p.m. Updated June 28, 2011, 3:34 p.m.


A rural Eudora man turned himself in Monday after Douglas County prosecutors filed an animal cruelty charge accusing him of neglecting to care for his Shetland pony’s hooves.

Kayse Aschenbrenner, the Lawrence Humane Society’s director of animal welfare, said someone complained to her about the animal’s health. She and Douglas County Sheriff’s officers on April 22 checked on the pony named CoCo at the property in the 1900 block of North 1200 Road. Aschenbrenner said the pony, believed to be 13, appeared to have proper food, water and shelter but had not had care for its hooves, causing founder, an inflammation that made it difficult to walk.

Aschenbrenner said a veterinarian determined it had been more than a year since the pony had received any care for its hooves, which had overgrown several inches and started to curl.

“It was quite a shocking situation,” she said. “I have never personally seen a pony that had such severe founder before.”

The horse was taken into the care of a veterinarian and farrier, who helped the pony recover. The shelter’s animal welfare director said CoCo is in “foster care” at another location. Aschenbrenner hopes the shelter can gain custody after the court case is resolved so the pony can be put up for adoption.

According to Douglas County Jail records, John Michael Steffen, 44, posted $500 bond Monday afternoon and was released 15 minutes after turning himself in. A first appearance is scheduled for July 11 but could occur earlier, according to jail records. A message left for Steffen Tuesday was not returned.


ResQd 6 years, 7 months ago

Joking aside - Any horse person will tell you that founder is a very crippling and painful condition that could have been prevented and/or treated. I'm glad someone turned him in for making this poor animal suffer.

Jstanobservation 6 years, 7 months ago

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Matt Schwartz 6 years, 7 months ago

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Terry Sexton 6 years, 7 months ago

I can't help it. UNIKU, that's a big LOL, good buddy.

silversportster05 6 years, 7 months ago

rockchalker52 and UNIKU, I hope u both have enough fleas in ur private areas to make u as uncomfortable as that poor pony trying to walk. How insensitive and mean can u be!!!

workinghard 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow, devote horse person here, and didn't mind a bit of humor. I've heard worse from other horse owners joking around at the stable. In fact I made a joke when my daughter saw a McDonald's semi and said that it would make a nice trailer to haul horses in. I told her it probably was hauling horses (meat that is). Does it mean I would eat a horse? Of course not. Your looking at someone that had birthday parties for the horses, decorated the stalls for Christmas and filled the stocking, spent many thousands in emergency care, stayed up nights with a colicky horse, and had a funeral for one. Just because someone makes a joke doesn't mean they meant the animal any ill will. That said, he should be made to suffer the same as the horse. Hope he is never allowed to have horses again.

workinghard 6 years, 7 months ago

Perfect, let his nails grow like that then make him run a marathon.

RoeDapple 6 years, 7 months ago

No laugh here about the suffering of the horse . . .

But horse meat ain't so bad. Better than opossum . . .

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

Would never pay to get a massage for myself, but had a massage therapist regularly for the horse.

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

I was waiting for someone to pick up on that but didn't realize it was actually done for that purpose.

Matt Schwartz 6 years, 7 months ago

horse apples for roe a day....naw, have two.

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

Actually, our horse loved hedge apples, not sure why, they didn't even look good on the inside. Anything that repels spiders and mice cannot taste good.

Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 7 months ago

Part of the problem is horse slaughter has been outlawed in the U.S. Thanks to the knotheaded dogooders. If a person could recieve some residual value by selling for slaughter maybe he could have takern care of the problem earlier. As it is the nearest place to take a horse for slaughter is Mexico.

Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 7 months ago

They generally don't get as much protien that causes founder.

windex 6 years, 7 months ago

So why do people feed them protein, if it causes such problems?

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

DIST is right, horses in the wild are on the move alot more and cover alot of ground.

ResQd 6 years, 7 months ago

Wild horses are not only on the move alot, but they have rougher terrain to contend with, so there hooves are much harder and are "trimmed" through that process. Without good hooves, they will not survive, hence the horse dies and will no longer breed to carry on those weak traits. So much overbreeding in this country, has produced soft, small hooved, weak boned, horses. Just look at the race industry.

beeshlii 6 years, 7 months ago

horse meat will cure severe cold. the native americans used horse meat for for food and medicine. i remember eating horse meat when i was 7 or 8 yrs old, i really dont know how it tasted. now i am 55 and want to try some again....anyone have any horse meat?

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