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Issue 145 - December 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 12

Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses

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Outline
Circulating messages ask recipients to help find new homes for 52 thoroughbred horses that must be rehoused urgently due to the death of their owner.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the messages were true but all of the horses found new homes back in 2011. And new variants of the message contain false and misleading information. The continued circulation of these message is unnecessary and counterproductive.

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Last updated: December 5, 2012
First published: 3rd February 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Examples
FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HORSES!!!
Don't know if anyone can collect from scotland but here it is
52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to slaughter this sat. Gentleman died & his son wants nothing to do with the horses. Most broodmares, broken in and some are in foaling/ weaning, 2 - 3 yrs old, most geldings- free- Contact [Removed].
Please re-post if you know horsey peeps. Re-posted froma friedn cos i know a few of you are horsey types x

Horse Giveaway Scotland Hoax


52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Saturday for slaughter. Gentleman died and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs and 3 yrs old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes [Numbers Removed] Barnesville, OH. Please copy and paste this on your status

52 thoroughbred horses need homes - Facebook post




Detailed Analysis
According to messages that are rapidly circulating via Facebook, other social networks, horse and pet forums and email, 52 thoroughbred horses urgently need new homes due to the death of their owner. The original version of the message, which began circulating in early 2011, noted that the horses, located at Barnesville, Ohio, were to be sent to slaughter if new homes were not found for them. The message asked recipients to call one of the listed phone numbers if they could help.

The claims in the message were true, but the horses have now found new homes. According to credible reports on several horse related forums, all 52 of the horses were rehomed, with most going to family friends of the deceased owner.

Long after the horses were rehomed, a second variant of the message began circulating. The new version falsely claimed that the horses were located in Scotland and listed different contact details.

Thus, the continued circulation of these messages is no longer required. Calls to the listed numbers in the original version confirmed that new homes were arranged for all horses.

According to information posted on several horse related forums, the owner of the horses was Daniel Charles Stearns, D.V.M., who passed away Jan. 27, 2011 at the age of 89.

Such pleas can certainly be a useful tool in the hunt for new homes for animals whose owners can no longer house them. However, as in this case, such messages often continue to circulate long after all the animals have found new homes. In some instances, such messages have circulated for years after the animals have been safely relocated. Thus, it is important to verify that such "urgent" requests for new homes for unwanted animals are still current and valid before passing them on to others.

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References
TBs need homes in OH
52 thoroughbred horses need homes or will go to sugar creek this Saturday
Dr. Daniel Charles Stearns III (1921-2011)
Email Request to Adopt Free Black Lab Puppies


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