Is Newberry Springs Now Killing Horses
In Multiple Counties?

Initial toxicology reports are negative.
Over 70 horses reported to be painfully affected.


Posted: August 3, 2014

      The Los Angeles KABC local TV evening news on Friday, August 1, 2014, had the above news feature showing horses with very painful open sores, blisters, and swelling of mouths and joints.  The owners are naturally deeply concerned about their loved animals.

      The KABC news story spotlights a serious problem that has simultaneously arisen in various locations in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura counties.  The horse owners suspect that the source of the problem may be tainted hay.

      Citing a story from the Victor Valley News Group: Phelan horse owner, Kendall Melline purchased the hay on July 24th.  Her award-winning, $120,000 mare is now, one of the many horses who have fallen ill due to eating this alfalfa hay.  "She has severe chemical looking burns, she is swollen, has pus, lesions and is lethargic," said Melline.  According to Melline a horse in the Phelan area has already died after eating the tainted hay, and exhibiting symptoms similar to the others affected.

      A laboratory at U.C. Davis has been running toxicology tests on the feed.  So far the tests have not found anything unusual and a serious mystery is forming.

      It is currently too early to point fingers, but we naturally do have our suspicion.  The suspected hay that the horse owners acquired came from several different retailers.  The Community Alliance Blotter,  in contacting one of them, Diamond B Hay & Feed, was informed that their source of hay came from Newberry Springs.

      This naturally raises the question if the possible hay contamination has anything to do with the Hinkley compost that we have previously written about.  The stuff is so scary that most landfills refuse to accept it; but it is considered safe enough to spread on farm fields so that contaminates can be allegedly absorbed into alfalfa and other crops.  Hay for dairies, so that contaminates can reach infants' milk.

      One Newberry Springs farmer recently stated that using the compost is safe because once spread upon the ground, any contaminates are absorbed by the ground or crops.  That doesn't sound good for either ground water or the eating of crops.

      The farmers don't seem to be too concerned over liability as many have their businesses under Limited Liability corporations.  Some may even have each of their fields under a different LLC.  This sense of protection unfortunately can lead to riskier business practices based upon greed.

      The liability protection of a LLC can be pierced if a ruler-of-fact (judge) finds that a business person intentionally acted in a dangerous and reckless manner knowing, or should have known, that an action could represent a real potential hazard.

    Alfalfa drying in Newberry Springs without a barn covering is subject to monsoon weather; such as the heavy storm that struck Newberry Springs on July 9, 2014.  Note compost stacked to the left of the alfalfa in this photograph taken on June 13, 2014.  Click on photograph for enlargement.

      Other factors leading to hay contamination can be as simple as hay being bundled while still containing too much moisture.  So this current hay contamination may have nothing to do with any of the hundreds of toxic elements that have been found in treated urban sludge; like that processed by the Hinkley compost facility.

      A problem with the current U.C. Davis toxicology tests are that the testing may be for different screenings.  The number of toxins are extensive.

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Blotter's original story on sludge dumping.

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