As a spin-off of the recent Cannon County horse cruelty case, a discussion was started between myself and Dr. Gordon with the state vet's office. By way of background, I have been trying to implement a large animal disaster plan for this area for quite some time, but have never really been able to get anything of the ground through local EMS and Animal Control. At this point, Dr. Gordon and myself, amongst other private individuals, have decided to start a PRIVATE disaster response team for the area (for some background info, do a google search on "Disaster Animal Response Team" or "Wilson County DART" to see what I am talking about).
Would anyone be interested in lauching this program? It would be 100% volunteer based, but there are various grants and funds available for some basic equipment and supplies, and hopefully we could garner some support from community businesses as well.
We do need to wait a few weeks, until some of the dust has settled from the Cannon County case, but I thought I might go ahead and start spreading the word so when we have our initial meetings and training we might have a good group of members in place!
Please respond with thoughts, interest and questions. And my thanks to those who provide this forum, I cant tell you how supportive this group has been of the efforts with the 84 horses.