"Today, Tennessee Walking Horses are known throughout the industry
as the breed that shows abused and tortured horses."

~ Jim Heird, Ph.D., Do Right By The Horse, February 2010

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NEWS and ARTICLES - SHOW Accepts Mandated Penalties; Mistake on Heffington Order

Well, as Black Week starts today, we do have some good news.  First, I want to take a moment to remind folks why we're doing this.

I found this prayer via a book and truncated it a bit to apply to the sored Tennessee Walking Horse.  Please feel free to substitute for your deity of choice, and you are more than welcome to share.

First, our phone calls, emails and faxes are being noticed.  PLEASE be sure to contact DA Mike Flynn and ask him to take the Wheelon case to the County Grand Jury.  Mike Flynn is very good with animal abuse cases, and we need a true trial and settle this matter once and for all.  Contact him every day if you have to!

Contact information:
DA Mike Flynn
942 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 273-5600
Fax: (865) 273-5617
Click here to send an email

A petition has also been drawn up.  Please click here to sign it to show your support along with your phone calls and emails.

SHOW Accepts Mandated Penalties

on Monday, SHOW accepted the mandatory penalties put forth by the USDA.  Click here for the article from the Times Free Press.  Click here for the Code of Federal Regulations describing the penalties.  A quick rundown of the penalties is as follows.

1. 1st Offense – 2 Week Suspension – No Show
2. 2nd Offense – 60 Days Suspension – No Show
3. 3rd Offense – 1 Year Suspension – No Show
4. 4th & Subsequent Offense – 1 Year Suspension – No Show

1. 1st Offense – 1 Year Suspension – No Show
2. 2nd Offense – 2 Year Suspension – No Show
3. 3rd Offense – 4 Year Suspension – No Show
4. 4th Offense – 4 Year Suspension – No Show

1. 1st Offense – 60 Days Suspension – No Show
2. 2nd Offense – 120 Days Suspension – No Show
3. 3rd Offense – 1 Year Suspension – No Show
4. 4th Offense – 1 Year Suspension – No Show

For any violation of the HPA which requires a suspension, the following persons will be suspended: Owner; Manager; Trainer; Rider; Custodian; Seller.  If the offense is bilateral sore, the Transporter is included in the list.

SHOW gave the folks with pre-entries a whopping 40 hours from Monday morning to notify them of their cancellation if they decide they don't want to show to receive their money back.  Clearly, SHOW doesn't want to lose too much money...

Mistake on Heffington Order

I talked about Jack Heffington in a previous post, who filed a motion to have the 19 horses seized in the Wheelon raid returned to their owners.  Judge Robert Headrick, who dismissed the Wheelon Case, signed the order to have the horses returned to their owners.

However, the Judge missed something quite key: the address the horses are supposed to be returned to is Wheelon's former barn, which his landlord evicted him from 15 days after the raid.  Wheelon no longer has a training barn for the horses to be returned to.  This matter is being looked into by the HSUS and everyone else involved in the case.  We'll keep you updated as we find out more facts.

We'll keep you updated as Black Week continues.  Be sure to visit our Facebook page and Billy Go Boy's website for more information.

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