Target: USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Goal: Shut down Another Chance 4 Horses rescue, which partners with a slaughter buyer
Christy Sheidy’s horse rescue, Another Chance 4 Horses, is far from a legitimate rescue. Sheidy has been in partnership with a slaughter buyer, Brian Moore, and is more of a horse broker than a horse rescuer. She demands exorbitant prices for her rescued horses that she gets from auctions and tells potential adopters that if they don’t pay her price the horse will be shipped off to a Canadian slaughterhouse. These horses are not ones that a slaughterhouse is likely to accept in many cases — they are emaciated, elderly, or otherwise unsuitable for slaughter. In reality, the money that Sheidy gets goes to her kill buyer friend to buy healthy horses to go to slaughter.
The horses she claims will go to slaughter are not actually in danger, instead ones potential buyers have never seen are going across the border. A former owner found her former horse on Another Chance 4 Horses’ Facebook page and contacted Sheidy. She was told the horse would go to slaughter if she did not pay $6,000 to get him back. The owner offered $4,000, and was told the horse filled a spot on the slaughter truck. Later, the owner found he had gone to another sale barn.
The adoptable horses are frequently misrepresented and overcharged for. Vet bills for adopted horses to go to their new homes are much more than they should be. A simple coggins test, which all horses must have to travel, was over twice what it should have been. One horse was represented as 7 hands high and was truly 10 hands high, as well as being 4 years older than represented. One mare was even bred while at Another Chance 4 Horses and the adopter was uninformed. Coggins tests and health certificates have also been falsified.
A major problem of Another Chance 4 Horses is its non-profit status. It is supposedly a non-profit organization, but clearly that is not the case. Sheidy profits greatly from the horses she sells. Recently, FBI Agents raided the rescue and seized computers, cell phones, financial records, veterinary records and boxes of other items and documents related to the nonprofit operation and its sale and purchase of horses, according to an inventory list compiled by the agents. Federal investigators are looking for evidence of crimes, including conspiracy and wire fraud, according to the search warrant. Another Chance 4 Horses is not a horse rescue, it is a sales operation. Shut down Another Chance 4 Horses horse rescue; it is not a legitimate rescue focused on helping horses.
Dear USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service,
Please shut down Another Chance 4 Horses. Its shady business tactics is only one thing that keeps it from being a legitimate rescue. It is also clearly not a non-profit organization, and should not be getting tax exempt status for the horses it “rescues.” Christy Shiedy is making a major profit, while many legitimate rescues struggle to cover costs. Shiedy is a horse broker, not a rescuer. Her business should reflect that.
Many people have been ripped off by Sheidy’s lies and exorbitant fees. Please protect the public who want to rescue horses by revoking her non-profit status, and keep her from misrepresenting many horses who are ultimately not what their new owners think they are. This is dangerous and leads to many of Shiedy’s rescued horses being euthanized. I urge you to shut down Another Chance 4 Horses.
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