Blues reader Susan S. is not happy about the story of Eagle, a horse found wandering in Irondale back in October, sick and emaciated. The Emergency Animal Rescue Service (TEARS) took in Eagle and nursed him back to health, but a judge ruled that he must be returned to his original owner. The TEARS website has “before” pictures of Eagle that would turn any decent person’s stomach.
According to the TEARS account (scroll down for updates), Eagle’s original owner, Eddie Cook, loaned him to an acquaintance a few years ago. When the acquaintance wanted to return Eagle, Mr. Cook directed him to shoot the horse, saying he had no place to keep him. The acquaintance instead found a third person to take Eagle, and that was the end of it till Eagle turned up on the roadside in Irondale.
When Mr. Cook found out that TEARS had custody of Eagle, he filed suit to get him back. Why? Who knows? He told the judge that he had ordered Eagle to be shot and would have been happy if that had happened. He has reportedly refused several offers from people who want to buy Eagle, including one from Ken “Suzuki Man” Nichols, a friend of TEARS.
After failing twice this week to pick up his horse from TEARS, Mr. Cook showed up at Eagle’s foster location yesterday afternoon without so much as a horse trailer and took Eagle to a storage facility nearby.
Here’s Eagle now:
I don’t have much confidence that he’ll continue in this state of good health. Petitions, phone calls, and payment to Mr. Cook did nothing to sway the judge. TEARS has exhausted all of its legal options. It looks like we can only hope that Mr. Cook’s neighbors will keep an eye on him — and Eagle.