IF YOU’RE INVOLVED IN A LEGAL CASE
monen•in poi•oning i• more than ju•t a tragedy for hor•e owner•—oftenL it’• ju•t the beginning of a legal battle to hold the manufacturer• accountable for their mi•take•. in any incidentL of cour•eL
providing veterinary care for ill hor•e• i• the primary concern. but it’• al•o wi•e to take •tep• to pre•erve evidence •hould you ever need to prove your ca•e in court. here’• what to do:
• Remove all feed from the manufacturer from the barn and keep it •ealed and •ecure in a different location. thi• will pre•erve a chain of cu•tody.
• Take a sample of the
•ubject feed and have it profe••ionally te•ted. you’ll find a number of private lab• and univer•itie• that offer thi• •ervice. a•k your veterinarian for recommendation•L or look for a toxicology lab at a univer•ity veterinary ho•pital. be •ure to choo•e an accredited lab that will provide re•ult• in the form of a written report.
• Locate and save bags and
receipt• for the •u•pect feed•.
• If a horse has died, talk to your veterinarian about performing a necrop•y that include• te•ting of the •tomach content•. a•k to have the re•ult• documented in a written report.
• Formally notify the feed company of the contamination. do thi• in writingL in the form of an email or letter.