La Kill Pen Owner Lashes Out After Dead Horse Found in Shreveport
Since we learned about a dead horse behind a Circle K in Shreveport last week, more information has surfaced about the matter and the furor over the story continues to escalate.
One of three horses being transported from Thompson's Horse Lot in Pitkin, Louisiana and to Norman, Oklahoma had to be euthanized during the trip. A rescue group raised money to try to save these horses, but the horse found in Shreveport did not survive the transport.
A local veterinarian was called out at 12:30am to the Circle K on Pines Road because the horse did not have the strength to stand. The vet determined at the scene that the humane thing to do was to put the horse down. That is what happened behind the local convenience store.
Erin Bristol and I went to the scene and saw the horse before city crews came in to pick him up. It was truly sad. We began doing lots of digging and found out the horse came from Thompson's Horse Lot in Pitkin. The website for this business is killpenhorses. That is so disturbing to me. I'm not involved at all in the horse world, but Bristol is and she explained to me what this is all about. And now others have also told me unwanted horses are sold at auction and businesses like Thompsons purchase these horses. Thompson then offers them for sale online at higher prices and if they are not sold within a certain amount of time, which Bristol calls "The Mexican deadline," they are then shipped to slaughter. Horse slaughter is illegal in the U.S. and that's why the horses are shipped to Mexico or Canada.
Since we first brought this issue to light, the owner of Thompson's Horse Lot, Jacob Thompson posted a disturbing video on Facebook saying he will no longer offer horses in poor condition for sale. He says "I've made a change starting today. I will no longer offer them to be rescued. Every time we have a group of horses that come in and are really emaciated, people blame me. It's not our fault. We just got em. I'm sick and tired of people bashing us. We will now send them directly to Mexico."
We have contacted Thompson multiple times. We wanted to ask him about his operation and people have also raised questions about cases filed against him by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But he has not yet returned our calls. In our original story, we did not point any fingers at Thompson's business, the hauler or the rescuer, however, the question remains: How did a horse that was clearly too weak to travel get issued a health certificate to travel. We think the citizens of Shreveport and Caddo Parish deserve to know because public dollars were spent to dispose of this animal.