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February 08, 2019
WOODSTOCK, IL- The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) assisted local animal control departments on several impounds, rescuing a total of 11 freezing animals during the polar vortex.  At the coldest hours of the deep freeze, HAHS received several calls to assist with the investigation of complaints of hooved animal neglect.  Local temperatures had reached a low of -25 degrees, with windchills reaching an unbelievable -52 degrees and animal control officials needed assistance investigating the condition of the animals to determine if emergency impoundment and care were needed.
HAHS dispatched its Animal Care Assistants and licensed Approved Humane/Equine Investigators to the scenes of alleged neglect.  It was then determined, with animal control, that the animals should be impounded, and the owners should receive citations for violations of the Humane Care for Animals Act, 510 ILCS 70/1, et seq, for failure to provide proper food, water, shelter and humane treatment. A total of 11 horses and 1 pig were rescued from various locations.  Several animals required immediate veterinary attention for exposure and were placed on an intense refeeding program for emaciation and malnutrition.  HAHS is currently providing temporary feed, housing, and care for the animals during their rehabilitation, while their owners’ cases are decided by the proper administrative and judicial authorities.
HAHS was the first humane society established in the United States to focus specifically on large animals, primarily horses. Unlike small animals, hooved animals had little representation until the formation of HAHS. HAHS was the driving force behind the passage of “The Humane Care for Animals Act”. This Act gives HAHS the legal authority to investigate claims of abuse and neglect and intervene when owners do not comply with notice to remedy the situation.
Since the organization was founded 48 years ago, it has responded to thousands of calls, like those mentioned above, requesting investigations of hooved animal neglect.  If it weren’t for HAHS’ intervention, many hooved animal’s lives would have been lost over the past 48 years. To donate to HAHS, please call (815)337-5563, find us online at www.HAHS.org, or mail us at the following address:
 HAHS 10804 McConnell Rd. Woodstock, IL  60098
All Funds Benefit HAHS’s mission, “promoting the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and, if necessary, intervention.”