For starving horses, rescuer offers last gasp of hope

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2012 - 11:57 PM

Drew Fitzpatrick has quietly devoted her life to saving animals suffering horrific abuse.

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Frank1950Jan. 14, 12 4:24 AM

Kudos to you, Drew Fitzpatrick, for all your hard work.

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linpr2000Jan. 14, 12 7:42 AM

Very inspiring story. We need more of these! I'm sending a check today. http://www.mnhoovedanimalrescue.org/

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ephrakerJan. 14, 12 9:25 AM

I am not a religious person but she is a true saint.

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unlv1980Jan. 14, 1210:14 AM

This story illustrates the great evil in this world, and the great goodness as well. It also illustrates the fault with our government, and how the negligent of innocent animals can continue. Mr. Friday needs a long time in confinement, and should not be able to take care of anything other than himself the rest of his days. A society that cannot take care of the most vulnerable be it animal or human cannot stand.

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hugonaughtJan. 14, 1211:30 AM

No one doubts Ms. Fitzpatrick's dedication but this needs to be more than a one woman show to meet all the needs of the state. Let's hope others step up to provide a more comprehensive rehoming and rehab system.

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enatcoJan. 14, 12 1:25 PM

Neglectful caregivers are not usually malicious, but usually well-intentioned people out of touch with reality. Regardless, Drew Fitzpatrick provides a haven of hope and rehabilitation for the innocent victims. The Animal Humane Society does not provide long-term care for horses, but counts on people like her to pick up the slack. Too bad the Animal Humane Society doesn't contribute a fraction of their millions to help support her program.

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greenriverJan. 14, 1211:45 PM

Here's the problems. These horse abusers get no punishment for their abuse if they work with "authorities" and surrender them. The owner knows nothing will happen so what's to stop them from starting all over again since the kill plants were closed in the U.S. making horses worth virtually nothing? People have been giving away horses left and right to anybody who will take them. On the other hand, potential adoptees are turned off by the stringent "adoption" rules some of these horse non-profits have (personal property inspections, signing lifetime contracts, etc). That doesn't encourage adoption or support from the industry. Agree, there is absolutely no reason the Humane Society or USDA can't provide funding some way to support these horse rescue organizations. So three problems that need fixing now.

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kem618Jan. 15, 12 3:56 PM

I have worked with Drew in a volunteer capacity. She is truly an amazing person; we are lucky to have her in Minnesota. She is exactly what we need as an advocate for helpless, abused animals. I can't thank her enough for her good work!

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