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Inaugural parade horse sustains injury

In Animal News on January 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

The first headlining animal incident of President Obama’s administration took place mere minutes into his tenure. Just prior to the inaugural parade, a truck collided with a parade horse, 10-year-old Mouse, whose leg was caught in the grill and winch of the truck.

Fortunately, the District of Columbia demonstrated admirable foresight by asking the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to serve as the lead disaster response agency for animals throughout Inauguration Day. Scotlund Haisley, HSUS emergency services director, was the first on the scene of Mouse’s accident. Haisley initially expressed doubts that Mouse would survive, but now expects the horse to fully recover. Twelve men and women spent nearly two hours untangling Mouse’s leg before the horse could be transported for further treatment.

  1. Hello,
    I am the owner of Mouse, the horse that was injured at the inaugural parade. I would like to express my dissatisfaction with your coverage of this story. Obviously you took all of your information from HSUS. My horse was NOT struck by a truck. He kicked at a park truck and got his hoof caught in the winch on the front of the vehicle. It did NOT take two hours to get him loose but a mere 45 minutes. HSUS did not supply anything to aid in his rescue. The rescue was successful because of Days End Farm Horse Resuce.The people of DEFHR are trained in large animal rescue, they supplied not only the manpower to save my horse but also had the equipment needed to free his leg from the winch and get him back on his feet. They also had a horse ambulance to take my horse back to safety.
    Mouse’s shoes are being auctioned off on eBay in an effort to raise money for the rescue. Search “Horse injured at Inaugural parade”. In the auction are links to the real story and a web page for DEFHR.
    Thank you
    Amy Manning

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