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Oso Mudslide Horses Receive Vet Care

IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets visit horses
April 2, 2014
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Oso, Wash., US. – On Monday, April 1, 2014, veterinarians and volunteers checked on 16 horses belonging to Summer Raffo from Arlington, Wash. who was killed in a massive mudslide on Route 530 in Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014. They included:

• Hannah Mueller, DVM, co-founder and vice president of the Northwest Equine Stewardship Center and practice owner of Cedarbrook Veterinary Care

• Liana Wiegel, DVM Equine Practitioner from Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital,

• Donny Inwell, volunteer

The trio from Snohomish, Wash. got to work got to work quickly grooming horses, detangling manes, and treating their coats for rain rot, a bacterial infection caused from excessive moisture and lack of air.  They provided veterinary examinations and medical treatment including a horse with an abscess and applying a generous supply of lice powder to all.

Alexis Blakey, age 19, a friend of Raffo’s has been taking care of the horses since she first heard Raffo was missing the day after the mudslide. She and the vets will continue their efforts while Raffo’s family decides what to do with them. “This was her life,” said Blakey.  “She loved horses and loved caring for them.  I’m really going to miss her.”

Additional hay bales were donated from Laurel Farm and Western Supply and driven to Oso, Wash. by Chelsea Judge from Bellingham, WA and and Lynn Johnson from Ferndale, Wash.

Donations for the horses’ veterinary care can be given through www.nwesc.org

 Photos are available through Zuma Press

IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets Hannah Mueller, DVM, visit horses

Hannah Mueller, DVM, co-founder and vice president of the Northwest Equine Stewardship Center and practice owner of Cedarbrook Veterinary Care, brushes off loose hair, dirt and scabs from horses on Summer Raffo’s farm in Oso, Washington on April 1, 2014. The 16 horses belong to Summer Raffo, who died in the Oso mudslide on March 22, 2014. Along with help from another vet and volunteers the horses received basic vet care, grooming and were fed fresh hay.

Vets and volunteers help out on Summer Raffo’s farm in Oso, Washington providing her 16 horses with basic veterinary care, grooming and fresh hay. Raffo, died in the Oso mudslide on March 22, 2014.

Vets and volunteers help out on Summer Raffo’s farm in Oso, Washington providing her 16 horses with basic veterinary care, grooming and fresh hay. Raffo, died in the Oso mudslide on March 22, 2014.

 

 IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets visit horses- horse's muddy face

Oso mudslide horses receive help from vets

Donny Inwell, from Snohomish, Wash. grooms a horse on April 1, 2014 that belonged to Summer Raffo who was killed in the Oso mudslide on March 22, 2014 in Oso, Wash.

 

 IMAGE: Oso Slide: Vets visit horses, Liana Wiegel, DVM, Equine Practitioner from Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital

 

 IMAGE: Oso SlideA horse shakes off lice powder after being treated by volunteer veterinarians

Oso SlideA horse shakes off lice powder after being treated by volunteer veterinarians

 

 IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets visit horses,Alexis Blakey, age 19, from Oso, Wash. unloads one of 70 bales of hay

 

 IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets visit horses

 IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets Hannah Mueller, DVM, visit horses

 IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets visit horses, Chelsea Judge

 IMAGE: Oso Slide Vets visit horses, Alexis Blakey walks with a stallion

 Photos are available through Zuma Press

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