Stop Raymond Tucker's Horse Abuse

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Originally Posted: 21 Sep 2010

Stop Raymond Tucker's Horse Abuse

FROM Thomas Paine's Corner

Contact authorities and tell them to do their jobs and keep Raymond Tucker away from horses since animals in his possession are starving and in distress.

CONTACT

Fort Scott City Attorney Robert Farmer
323 South Judson Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701-2350
(620) 223-0150
bob@nfamail.com

Fort Scott Police Department
620-223-1700

Fort Scott Mayor
Gary Bukowski
620-223-0550
gbukowski@fscity.org

Bourbon County Sheriff
Ronald L. Gray
620-223-1440, 620-223-0055 fax
rgray@bourboncountyks.org

Kansas State Representative State Representative
Shirley J. Palmer, District 4
785-296-7698
palmer@house.state.ks.us

Bourbon County Attorney
Terri L. Johnson
620-223-2910, 620-223-3781 fax
bbca@classicnet.net

Mark Parkinson
Office of the Governor Mark Parkinson
Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590
Voice – 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757)
Local – 785-296-3232
For the Hearing Impaired – 800-766-3777
Governor@ks.govOr you can email Govenor Mark Parkinson by clicking on the link below:
http://governor.ks.gov/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=Comment

Kansas Animal Health Department
(785) 296-2326 Fax: (785) 296-1765
708 S.W. Jackson
Topeka, KS 66603-3714
www.kansas.gov/kahd

Mr. George Teagarden, Livestock Commissioner
Kansas Animal Health Department
708 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66603-3714
785-296-2326 (Office)
785-296-1795 (Fax)
E-Mail: gteagarden@kahd.ks.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Green, sick, old, and infirm horses are not worthy of Raymond Tucker’s love, as he admitted that he buys many of them for about $25 a head at auction houses and only keeps them until they are “strong enough to withstand a trailer ride to El Paso.” And what a miserable ride that must be, as several witnesses have attested to seeing his large goose-neck trailers packed so full of horses that they have no room to move, let alone eat or drink, throughout their 15 hour ride to imminent death.

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According to a report by Nadia Ramdass of KENS 5, a television station in San Antonio, Texas, a local man was arrested after abandoning a trailer holding seven horses in San Antonio.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, Justin Harvey, 41, of Fort Scott was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with cruelty to livestock. He later posted $5,000 bond.

The report said Harvey's tractor trailer broke down along Interstate 35 sometime on Sept. 1. The next morning a passerby noticed the horses inside the trailer at a truck stop and called Animal Care Services and 911.

A veterinarian who was on the scene said the horses most likely had not had anything to eat or drink for at least eight hours. Even though the trailer was vented, the authorities said the temperatures inside the trailer were between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the report said.

As a result, two of the seven horses in the trailer had died and the others were determined to be in serious distress and severely malnourished.

The horses being transported came from Tucker Brothers, LLC, a local horse-trading operation run by Raymond Tucker. Tucker told The Tribune that he had sold the horses to a man in South Fort Worth, Texas and that the horses were being returned because they were considered to be undesirable.

"It was just an unfortunate incident and poor judgment on [Harvey's] part," Tucker said. He later added, "The horses had been mine and I sold them to a guy that I've been selling horses to ... they take them onto the border.....


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