Horse Owner Sues Over Unauthorized Surgeries
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
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