FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Hampshire State Officials Request Rescue Assistance from Live and Let Live Farm Littleton, New Hampshire, November 21, 2012 –
New Hampshire Governor’s office, Littleton Police Dept. and the State Department for Agricultural Animals has received numerous complaints from the citizens of Littleton, NH regarding the neglect of more than 20 horses, alpacas and llamas currently seen from the road on Main Street in Littleton, NH. On Monday, November 19th, the state officials called Teresa Paradis, Executive Director, from the Live and Let Live Farm, a volunteer, non-profit 501c3 Rehabilitation Rescue and Sanctuary in Chichester, NH, to ask for help in rescuing these animals.
According to witnesses, there are many emaciated horses, ranging in age from 6 months to 20 years old, including stallions, mini-horses, alpacas and llamas, who are clearly under-fed, standing in 8 inches or more of muck and manure, neglected hoof care, often with no water nor adequate shelter, and often with no feed or hay regularly provided to feed them all.
“Hooves are over-grown and not properly cared for, horses have been seen stumbling and falling down when trying to walk”. Stallions may have been mixed with mares, so there is a good chance wounds will need to be treated and some could be pregnant.
When the call came in from the Department of Agriculture with the town of Littleton officials, Paradis was devastated at the thought of bringing up to 18 additional horses to the Live and Let Live Farm, where there are already up to 50 horses, as well as, other agricultural animals in rehabilitation.
“The cost of hay, feed, supplements and what appears to be extensive medical rehabilitation care, dental and hoof care needed as well as the gelding surgery expenses, will be in the thousands. It will be difficult, especially going into the winter season when even more hay is needed to be fed to help the animals keep warm and healthy.” “We will need all the help we can get, but we cannot let these animals suffer any longer in their current conditions”, said Paradis.
Today, a caravan of trailers will leave from Live and Let Live Farm for Littleton, NH. With help of the local officials and many volunteers of Live and Let Live Farm, they will load up to 18 horses. They expect to return to the rescue in the early afternoon to begin the long process of rehabilitation recovery. Donations for the medical fund, feed and hay are welcome and can be made at the rescue’s website by credit or debit card or through the PayPal account at:
http://www.liveandletlivefarm.org/ , or by mail to Live and Let Live Farm Rescue, 20 Paradise Lane, Chichester, NH 03258
Teresa Paradis, Executive Director
Live and Let Live Farm
20 Paradise Lane
Chichester, NH 03258