Second Oklahoma case of horse mutilated by dogs receives care at Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue

This story breaks the heart and is shockingly similar to an Oklahoma County case from just 3 years ago.   Thankfully we have caring folks like those at Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue willing to step forward and do the hard work of rehabilitating horses like Rudy and now "Ruby." Horses are defined as livestock in…

Oklahoma Reportable Equine Diseases

Oklahoma promulgates a list of equine diseases that must be reported to Oklahoma Animal Industry Services.  This list is periodically updated to reflect emerging health risks for the Oklahoma equine population.   Veterinarians and/or horse owners must report any of these diseases upon a confirmed diagnosis: African Horse Sickness Contagious Equine Metritis Dourine Equine Encephalomyelitis…

USDA Publishes 2015 Equine Report

In my last blog post, I discussed Oklahoma's laws designed to eradicate Equine Infectious Anemia.  Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties. Today, I am sharing a newly published report commissioned by the USDA which shares equine health metrics within the United States. In December 2016, the USDA's non-regulatory division - National Animal…

What is the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC)?

You may ask why I would write about the EDCC in an equine law blog?  Many states including Oklahoma have laws that require horse owners to take certain steps to prevent the spread of disease.  For example, a horse boarding facility could have liability if a boarding horse is injured or dies because the facility…