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|Originally Posted: 21 Sep 2010|
Stop Raymond Tucker's Horse Abuse
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.
Fort Scott City Attorney Robert Farmer
Fort Scott Police Department
Fort Scott Mayor
Bourbon County Sheriff
Kansas State Representative State Representative
Bourbon County Attorney
Kansas Animal Health Department
Mr. George Teagarden, Livestock Commissioner
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.
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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