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Horses Need Help after Ike

September 16, 2008

Reprint from the Houston Chronicle Blog

September 16, 2008

State says storm may have displaced 20,000 cattle and horses

In addition to the obvious human toll and distress Hurricane Ike has wrought, officials in Chambers and Jefferson counties estimate 20,000 horses and head of cattle need hay and fresh water, fast.

From a release from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service:

Contributions of hay, water troughs, feedstocks, such as range cubes, or cash contributions are needed in helping keep the cattle alive.

“We need water troughs, hay, feed, portable panels, assistance trailers for livestock (horses and cattle),” said Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia in a request to the State Operation Center. “These cattle and horses need care immediately so they don’t die.”

Fences were destroyed and many of the cattle that survived the flood waters are now heading northward in search of fresh water and feed, said Tyler Fitzgerald, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent in Chambers County.

“Fresh water is very hard to come by, especially since many of these sources have been overtaken by sea water as a result of the storm surge,” he said.

Officials have set up a staging and distribution point for hay and feed at White’s Memorial Park at State Highway 61, south of Interstate 10 near Anahuac. Many of the wandering animals are in areas along State Highway 73, officials said.

State officials have set up a cash or credit card donation hotline at (979) 845-2604 or at a special Web site where donors should follow the prompts to “No Fences” Hurricane Ike Horse and Cattle Relief.

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