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Crash might save horses that were headed for slaughter

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Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Director Earlene Cole and a local veterinarian tend to an injured horse that needed medical attention but is expected to survive. (Humane Society photo)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A couple dozen horses that were bound for slaughter might get a second chance because of a traffic accident.

The horses were aboard a trailer that overturned early Wednesday morning on I-44 near Sullivan. The truck was heading to a slaughter facility in northern Illinois.

But now the Humane Society says it will pursue legal means to take custody of the horses that survived, 26 in all.

Also, 16 other horses died, either at the scene or later by euthanasia. A veterinarian at the scene of the crash says the horses were crammed into the trailer.

The surviving horses were taken to the St. Clair Saddle Club for assessment.

The Humane Society says it will try to put the horses up for adoption, if it gains custody of them.

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