Horse Owner Sues Over Unauthorized Surgeries

An Ohio woman is seeking damages after her horse allegedly received unauthorized surgeries while in the care of a Colorado ranch owner.

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An Ohio woman is seeking undisclosed damages after her horse allegedly received unauthorized veterinary surgeries including castration and was rendered chronically lame while in the care of a Colorado ranch owner.

Caitlin Grant of the Animal Law Center in Colorado said that in 2015 her client, Kathy Wallace, adopted a pair of foals from a Centennial, Colorado horse rescue organization and left the animals in the care of ranch operator Anna Forre-Covers in Pitkin County. The foals were to remain at Forre-Covers’ ranch until Wallace could build shelters for them in Ohio, and to allow the animals’ immune systems to strengthen, Grant said.

In a complaint filed in Pitkin County District Court on March 2, Wallace alleges that during their stay with Forre-Covers, one of the foals named Copper received a variety of veterinary treatments including deworming and hernia and castration surgeries.

“The veterinarian who performed the procedures thought Forre-Covers was the owner of the horse,” Grant said

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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