Cantonment Seizure

Cantonment Seizure

Escambia County Animal Control removed several animals from a Cantonment property on 6-17-15 when it was discovered that there was inadequate food and water. A total of sixteen animals including three pot-bellied pigs, four goats, two cows, five horses, one donkey and one mule were brought into the custody of Escambia County. Three of the horses were taken to Panhandle Equine Rescue, where they could receive closer monitoring and rehabilitation. Charges have not been filed as of this date. PER is in critical need of donations, since we took in three more horses less than a month ago. If you can help, please send your tax deductible contribution to P.E.R., P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533 or use Paypal on our website; www.panhandleequinerescue.org

To see photos go to our facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.971015122951448.1073742015.151094934943475&type=3&uploaded=22

PER Needs Your Support

Panhandle Equine Rescue would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and also thank you for your continued support in helping us to continue our mission of helping horses in need for the past ten years.  As 2015 comes to an end, we are counting on your contribution, so we can help the many horses that are still suffering from abuse and neglect.  The coldest months of the year are upon us and it is especially hard on those who simply don’t have enough body weight to keep them warm.  These horses are usually reported by local residents when they are down for several hours or even days and don’t appear to be able to get up on their own.  Sadly, for some horses it may be too late. This poor filly had been down for days before she was reported.  The photograph was taken by PER investigators on the coldest day of the year and at this time she was still alive.  She suffered at the hands of her neglectful owner, who was arrested at the scene.  Unfortunately, this horse couldn’t be saved and had to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.  This is the reality of what we are facing this winter. PER currently has 25 horses in foster care; eight of them were rescued this year.  Lisa was one of the eight and she has already been adopted into a wonderful home.  Smarty, Grace, Hope, Sadie, Scarlet, Trouble and Chance (born after rescue) are still in need of a home.                                         

This year, two senior horses, 28-year-old Thunder and 23-year-old Dusty, who were both adopted from PER several years ago were returned due to life circumstances that couldn’t be helped. That is our promise to each horse that we rescue. In the event that the adopter can no longer keep them, they are required to be returned to PER or transferred to a new, pre-approved, home. We offer these horses a lifetime safety net ensuring that they will never end up being neglected or abused again. Taking on the responsibility of so many horses for their entire life is a huge commitment that we are willing to take.  But we need your help to make sure that horses like 8 month old Scarlet and 3 month old Chance will have a safe place to come to if their adoption home can no longer keep them.       

It is time for 2015 tax deductible contributions to be made and we are hoping to receive your support this year. Since it is the season of giving, if you have a special someone who is hard to buy for, you may want to consider donating in their honor, and they will be happily surprised when they receive the special gift of an acknowledgement from PER.  Or you may want to donate in memory of a person or pet that has passed on. There are several ways you can give to help the horses: 1. Mail a check to PER, P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL.  32533 2. Go through Paypal on our website:  www.panhandleequinerescue.org . Call or stop by and add funds to our account at the following locations: HH Feed & Seed, 1280 Hwy. 97 in Molino, FL.   850-587-3179Farm and Nursery Mart, 7460 Pine Forest Rd., Pensacola, FL.   850-944-5700Mannings Country Store, 5493 Alabama St., Milton, FL.   850-623-2426 No amount is too small.  The horses will thank you for it.    PER wishes you a safe and blessed Christmas.   

Family Pictures with Santa at Tractor Supply

PER will be setting  up a photo booth with Santa for children and pets at the Tractor Supply in Pensacola on Saturday, December 5th from 10 AM to 3 PM.  A donation of $7.00 to sit with Santa will go towards caring for the rescue horses.  We will also have holiday baked goods available for a donation of any amount.  Bring your kids and pets in their favorite holiday attire for a special visit with St. Nick!  Adults may participate also!  This event will be a lot of fun!  Hope to see you there!santa family

Belks Charity Sale Fundraiser

Panhandle Equine Rescue is in full swing with our Fall Fundraiser. We are participating in the Belk Charity Sale and this will be our MAJOR fundraiser to get us through the winter months. Many of you are familiar with this popular event hosted by Belk’s, who contributes to non-profits twice a year by holding this special sale that only participants who have a ticket can enter into their store. This year the sale will be held on November 7th, 2015 from 6 AM to 10 AM. Tickets to enter the store are $5.00. That same ticket may be used towards your first purchase; getting you $5.00 off on top of the huge mark downs they will have throughout the store, so you immediately get your money back! You can also use multiple tickets by having your items rang up separately! On top of the huge mark downs, this will be tremendous savings!

If shoppers cannot shop on that Saturday, November 7th, they may pre-select their merchandise beginning Sunday, November 1st. Free Belk Gift cards up to $1000.00 will be given to the first 100 customers in each store on November 7th. Sale will be 20% to 70% storewide, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. It will be a perfect time to get in some early Christmas shopping. In addition, Belk’s will offer a Continental Breakfast to all shoppers that morning!

We are looking at purchasing winter hay in the near future. This will be very costly since we currently have 24 horses in foster care. Two are still weanlings and we think we have another one on the way!

Times are especially tough right now. Not only are adoptions down, but horses are being returned to PER because of many different reasons; financial, selling their farms, family health issues, etc. Because PER offers a lifetime safety net for these horses, we do not turn them away.

In addition to hay, PER assumes all other expenses for horses in foster care, as well as for those who are being rehabilitated at our facility. Funding is needed for us to carry on our work of saving horses, one life at a time. With the winter months coming, there will be horses out there depending on PER for their survival.

If you are not a shopper, that is okay. We are asking all supporters of PER to take 10 tickets with a donation of $50.00. They can sell the tickets to get their money back or give them as gifts. This will be your way of contributing this year. We can send you a tax deductible receipt along with your 10 tickets. Donations can be sent to PER, P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533. We will mail you the tickets and send you all the information you need to help in selling the tickets to recoup your money.

If you can’t afford $50.00, we understand. If you want to purchase a ticket for yourself or even add a friend or family member that can accompany you to this huge event, this will be a great way to support your favorite charity!

Thank you, in advance for doing your part to help us to help the horses.

Board Member Nominations

Panhandle Equine Rescue is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving, you may nominate yourself or if you know anyone who is interested you may nominate them, but we will need their phone number or email address. Any candidate nominated by another person will be contacted by the PER secretary to confirm that such candidate consents to having his or her name placed in nomination for election to the board. The deadline for accepting nominations will be September 30th, 2015.

We are seeking members who are fund raising oriented, that will not only attend most board meetings and bring ideas to the table, but can find time to participate in most major events. In order to be on the board, you must be a member of the organization. You may join at the time of your acceptance to be nominated. Membership costs $30.00 for an individual and $50.00 for family.

New nominees, as well as current board members may send an email to rlowery stating why they think they should be nominated and it will be forwarded to all PER members. They may also take the opportunity to speak at our Annual Member and Volunteer Appreciation Cookout to be held sometime in October. That date will be announced sometime this month.

Ballots that include current and newly nominated candidates will be sent out to PER members only on October 1st, at which time they will have the opportunity to vote on the board members of their choice. You may want to hold off on voting until after the Fall cookout, just in case a nominee(s) plan on speaking at that event.

If you are not currently a member and would like the opportunity to vote, a membership application can be printed off from our website at www.panhandleequinerescue.org under “How To Help”. Deadline for voting will be November 1st. Nomination of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) are done by board members only after their installation as stated according to our bylaws.

All nominees and final ballots should be emailed to PER secretary, Linda Lambert at spiritrider. Our new 2015 Board of Directors, along with officer seats will be entered into the minutes at our November Board Meeting. This meeting will be open to the public. New board members will have the first opportunity to vote at our Annual Meeting in January 2015. We would appreciate your participation in nominations. It is also important for PER members to take advantage of the privilege to vote. If you have any questions you may call me at 850-587-3565 or reply to this email.

We hope that you will consider this rewarding challenge for 2016!

Ways To Help

Lightning Bug would like to remind everyone that when you are selecting your payroll deduction for next years’ charity, remember that Panhandle Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization. If you are a Civil Service employee, we are approved through United Way to accept donations (check Panhandle Equine Rescue) You have through the months of September and October to select for next years’ contributions.

PER is also signed up to accept payroll deductions from Combined Federal Campaign. Our code number is 97892. The CFC Drive is going on September through December. You can go to CFC Contributions in your MYPAY and type in our code and it will populate. Your contribution will go a long way in helping us to help the horses.

PER Assists Animal Control; Once Again

Escambia County Animal Control removed several animals from a Cantonment property on 6-17-15 when it was discovered that there was inadequate food and water. A total of sixteen animals including three pot-bellied pigs, four goats, two cows, five horses, one donkey and one mule were brought into the custody of Escambia County. Three of the horses were taken to Panhandle Equine Rescue, where they could receive closer monitoring and rehabilitation. Charges have not been filed as of this date. PER is in critical need of donations, since we took in three more horses less than a month ago. If you can help, please send your tax deductible contribution to P.E.R., P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533 or use Paypal on our website; www.panhandleequinerescue.org

To see more photos go to our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.971015122951448.1073742015.151094934943475&type=3&uploaded=22

Justice For Ebony

I arrived home this morning around 1:30 after a trial that lasted over 16 hours on the case that involved Ebony, a mare we took in February of 2014. As the picture shows, Ebony fought hard to live and she did survive thanks to the help of many volunteers who came out on several occasions to help get her to her feet. Justice has finally been served. Several people were charged. All but one, pled out and received a sentence of 12 months probation. One person, Randall Rigby, held out for trial and was found GUILTY just after midnight on two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanors (confinement without adequate food and water). Mr. Rigby already has an extensive criminal history, so he is facing a minimum of 3 and 1/2 years up to 10 years in state prison. It was a long day and night, but I along with animal control officers who worked the case stayed at the courthouse until the jury reached their decision well after midnight. I would like to thank all the people who put countless hours into this case, the investigators, state attorneys, witnesses, veterinarians and jurors. And also thanks to all who had a hand in helping the horses that were seized from that property. It has been a long hard case, but justice has been served. Sadly, we couldn’t save them all. For some, we arrived too late and they died a horrible death. For those we did save, we are so grateful that we reached them in time. And to all who helped with Ebony through donations and helping us to pick her up, PER and Ebony want to thank you also!

For News Stories on the trial click here: http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/03/trial-horse-deaths-maltreatment-begins/28450023/

http://www.northescambia.com/2015/06/cantonment-man-convicted-on-multiple-animal-cruelty-charges