Horse Neglect Brighter Days Horse Refuge Pipe Creek, TX  830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490
  • Petitioned Kay Trevino, 2nd Vice President 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490

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Brighter Days Horse Refuge Pipe Creek, TX 78063
Kay Trevino, 2nd Vice President 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490
Brighter Days Horse Refuge Pipe Creek TX 78063 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490
Mary Burton, VP 78063 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490
Brighter Days Horse Refuge Pipe Creek, TX 78063
Brighter Days Horse Refuge 682 Krause RdPipe Creek TX 78063 830-510-6607
Repoter for "Bandera Bulletin" Supporter of Board Members
James Henry Frazer
Brighter Days Horse Refuge Pipe Creek TX 78063 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490
Patsy Johnson, Secretary/ Treasurer 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490

Horse Neglect Brighter Days Horse Refuge Pipe Creek, TX 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490

    1. K T
    2. Petition by

      K T

      San Antonio, TX

Brighter Days Horse Refuge 682 Krause Road Pipe Creek, TX 78063 830-510-6607 or 830-460-7490

http://www.brighterdayshorserefuge.org/3078.html

Myself and several other of the volunteers have been told that since the original co-founder, Mr. Bill Weatherholtz died on October, 2011 this organization has gone way down hill.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Weatherholtz-co-founded-Brighter-Days-Horse-2217696.php

This organization is a 501C3 nonprofit. We have been told but not confirmed the 501C3 is being investigated by the IRS and also by the Texas Labor Board for avoiding paying overtime.

Board of Directors
Mary E. Burton, Vice President
Kay Trevino, 2nd Vice President
Patsy Johnson, Secretary/ Treasurer

The truth is the animals are barely taken care of in my opinion and many other volunteers’ opinion. Brighter Days has eighty plus horses and random other animals crammed on twenty acres.

 Saturday, June 9th, a horse named "Lil Mama", her picture is attached, got sick, tossed and turned, suffered and finally died a very painful death on Sunday, June 10th. This poor suffering horse (supposedly it was colic diagnosed by a staff member) did not receive any Vet care at all. We were told by a paid staff member that they could not get a vet to come out. The story changed and then we were told by this same staff member that a vet could not be called if it cost more than $250.00 per the Board Members. All someone had to do was call my husband and I or other volunteers and this horse would have definitely had Vet care and not suffered an agonizing painful death.

I was there on Friday June 15th; I took a friend with me from SNAP. There were flea invested very sick baby kittens just lying on the ground dying.
One particular kitten was in such bad shape my friend and I wanted to take it to our vet to be euthanized and we were not allowed.

There was a large mare and four or five mini horses in a very small paddock, the minis are very thin, the mare would not let the minis get to the hay. We ask the same paid employee to move the mare to the paddock right next to the one they were in; literally a gate was separating the paddocks. We were told that could not be done. We were there again on June 18th the same horse with the mini’s still not getting any hay, the paddock next to it completely empty.

There are horses that are foundering so bad they could hardly stand up or walk; they are getting NO vet care. Some of the horses and donkeys have not shed their winter coats; this is very dangerous in this heat. We have been told one horse overheated, thankfully they were able to cool the horse down. The donkeys and other animals that are allowed to roam the property are exposed to open gas containers and all sorts of other debris. Many of the animals are very thin.

These animals are not up to date on any vaccinations, they get no exercise and they rarely have vet care. The paddocks are filled with manure, over grown weeds and there are way too many animals on twenty acres of unkempt property.

A few weeks ago the horses had no hay, not even a strand for six days. One particular Board member told the volunteers this was okay because they were getting grain twice a day. The volunteers got together put their funds together and would not leave the property until the one paid employee went and bought hay. I know of other people that have bought hay also and will again if Brighter Days staff and or Board reach out to them.

On June 18th, I and other volunteers went with the Bandera Sheriff’s Department to file neglect charges; we are waiting on the report.

We have ask the Board to step down so new Board members can be placed that know how to run a 501C3, that want to put in the time and effort and know how to raise funds. The Board has refused even though is it very clear the current Board is not succeeding. The Board members just do not have the business and animal care experience to be successful. Meanwhile, all of these animals are suffering. Also, the more people hear of the circumstance they are not donating funds.

I did not initiate any of these investigations, I was ask to help by other volunteers and a paid employee. The paid employee as of yesterday has decided not to stand behind the information that was given to us; in fact this person said that he would deny everything.

We have spoken with Mary Burton and Patsy Johnson and requested to let us move the animals to other Horse Rescues, they refused.  This tells us it is more about power for them than the welfare of the animals. 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. JANICE MONGIOVI SAN ANTONIO SAYS....

      K T
      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      "I used to do equine rescue work and have dealt with people like this. They are borderline hoarders too into their own illusion of importance. We need to be the voice of these helpless animals and take up the fight wherever we find it. Good luck".

    2. SHELLY MONTELIONE COMFORT TX SAYS (referring to the way "LIL MAMA" died)...

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      Petition Organizer


      "About 15 years ago I ran a rescue/boarding stable/training facility. I was on a 1st name basis vith my equine vet and I know that he would have come to my place even if I didn't have cash in hand...most large animal vets will especially if you have a relationship with them. I find it appalling that these animals are going without basic care much less medical treatment"!

    3. STACEE MERO SAN ANTONIO TX VISITED BDHR SAYS....

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      "These beautiful animals are NOT getting the care they need at this so-called "refuge" A refuge is defined as "a place of safety and protection; a safe haven" This place does not offer that...it is a sad, miserable existence for these animals and a very depressing place to visit and witness this".

    4. KELLY WATERSON, LIVE OAK TX VISITED BDHR SAYS....

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      Petition Organizer

      "I visited with a friend back in March. We observed two clear cases of founder (no vet care) and one case of an older horse having their face totally obliterated by tumors (again, no vet care). It was awful, and no one seemed to care"!

    5. SUSAN KRUCKEMEYER FORMER VOLUNTEER SAYS....

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      Petition Organizer

      "I use to volunteer at I used to volunteer at Brighter Days. I stopped because it was sadder and sadder to go there and try to make any kind of difference in these horse's lives. There were sound appearing horses there that could have been adopted out but never seemed to be worked with at all. They just kept adding more and more horses everytime I was there, despite the already over crowded conditions. I think the owner is a caring person who wants to help horses, but is in way over her head and can't seem to see the fact that the refuge is no good to any horse if she continues to add more horses".

    6. HORSE GAZETTE REPRINTS BANDERA BULLETIN PREJUDICE ARTICLE

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE EMAIL HORSE GAZETTE AND REQUEST RETRACTION AND OBJECTIVE OPINION...SEE OUR RESPONSE TO ARTICLE ON OUR FB PAGE....link below...

      HORSE GAZETTE EMAIL....mhazen99@gmail.com

    7. Board Members or Board Member tell UNTRUTHS

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      Page 2
      I was also advised that I did not pay the full adoption fee which I readily admit is the absolute truth. I have not been ask for it, I have not been billed for it. Actually, I was waiting to see how long it would take the unorganized Board of BDHR to send me a statement. I will gladly pay the balance when I receive a statement. I will not in return bill BDHR the $946.00 that Dr Sheridan was paid to get this horse in a healthy condition so he could be around my other horses.

      However, I will be in touch with my attorney first thing tomorrow August 8, 2012 to seek legal advice of how we can or cannot pursue legal action of slander about my integrity and character.

      God Bless the animals that have been left in the care of BDHR.

      Best Regards,
      Katherine Trotter

      Please go to BDHR website and comment about the lack of integrity that the Board Members are presenting...www.brighterdayshorserefuge.com

    8. Board Members or Board Member tell UNTRUTHS

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      Page 1 Letter Written to BDHR in Responce to UNTRUTHS
      To whom it may concern:

      It has come to my attention that Board Members or Board Member advised the Editor of the Horse Gazette that James Hamilton adopted Harley aka Merlin to me and that he did not have the power to do that.

      The facts are that Mary Burton adopted this horse to me and signed the contract in the presence of Sgt Shane Meritt, also Brant and Susan Powell. These people will gladly admit that this is exactly how my adoption contract came to be. There is a copy of the adoption contract signed by Mary Burton on our Brighter Days Horse Refuge Neglect FB page and also on our change.org petition, it has been posted on both sites for weeks. When we hear of these untruths it only empowers us more to make sure the animals at BDHR are being taken care of properly.

      James Hamilton had NOTHING to do with my adoption contract.
      (see more above)

      https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/BrighterDaysHorseRefugePipeCreekTxHorseNegle

    9. PLEASE SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO READ OUR COMMENTS IN SEQUENCE

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE GO TO BRIGHTER DAYS HORSE REFUGE LINK BELOW AND SEND A MESSAGE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A CHANGE!!!
      We thank everyone for the support, it is all about the welfare of animals!!!

    10. Susan Mann Powell Previous Long-Term Vounteer Stmt con't......

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      Page 2
      Another volunteer brought a truck load of hay. We stayed at the refuge until he came back with the hay. Others sent money. Even more upsetting was a new rule that if a vet call was going to cost more than $250, they could not get vet care. Thus Little Momma, got sick on Saturday evening and died Sunday afternoon, no vet care. I know she was old, but she deserved better. I no longer volunteer there.

      PLEASE GO TO BDHR (link below) AND POST A STATEMENT TO DEMAND A CHANGE!!!!

    11. Susan Mann Powell...Previous Long-term Volunteer says...

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      Petition Organizer

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      "I had visited this refuge for 13 years. I had developed a friendship with Jeannie and Bill who were co-founders and President and 1st Vice President of the Board of Directors. Sadly, last October Bill passed away. Both Jeannie and Bill worked tirelessly for the good of the animals at the refuge. They lived modestly on the refuge property. Also James, at first as Foreman and then General Manager, cared deeply for the animals and worked hard to make sure they were well cared for; plus he did fund raising, publicity and probably most difficult task was finding hay. The past 3 years I had been a regular weekly volunteer. The first time I knew that there was trouble was when James posted on facebook that the horses had not had hay for 6 days. I notified other volunteers, friends and family. Four volunteers arrived at the refuge the next day and gave James $450 dollars to go get hay.

    12. One Lucky Horse Rescued from BDHR....his name is Merlin

      K T
      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      We finally brought Merlin home.....the horse I adopted from BDHR...he was hit by a motorcycle in Feb, 2012. He is so happy now that he has a forever home!!! He is only one of eighty plus Horses that need to be rescued from BDHR....Board member's Mary Burton and Patsy Johnson refused at first to surrender him to my Vet when my Vet went to pick him up. My Vet spent an hour pleading with them to release him. They had a copy of the signed contract Board Member Mary Burton signed adopting him to me. Board Member Mary Burton signed this contract right in front of Sgt Shane Merritt of the Bandera Sheriff's Dept! His Vet bill was almost $1000.00 to get him healthy enough to allow him around my other horses!!! These Board Members would rather have this horse stay in their inadequate refuge than for him to have a beautiful forever home...sad!! Thank you Dr Sloan Sheridan for not leaving BDHR without Merlin! Please go to our FB page to see before and after surgery pictures of Merlin!

    13. COMMENT FROM PREVIOUS VOLUNTEER FOR BDHR....Susan Kruckmeyer says.....

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      Petition Organizer

      "I used to volunteer at Brighter Days. I stopped because it was sadder and sadder to go there and try to make any kind of difference in these horse's lives. There were sound appearing horses there that could have been adopted out but never seemed to be worked with at all. They just kept adding more and more horses everytime I was there, despite the already over crowded conditions. I think the owner is a caring person who wants to help horses, but is in way over her head and can't seem to see the fact that the refuge is no good to any horse if she continues to add more horses".

      Sadly, the owner is not capable of running BDHR anymore and Board Members Mary Burton and Patsy Johnson know this!!

      Please go to link below and insist to Board Members Mary Burton and Patsy Johnson to allow us to make a change for these neglected animals!!!

    14. PLEASE PROTEST ARTICLE IN THE BANDERA BULLETIN..WRITTEN By JAMES FRAZER

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      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL EDITOR OF THE BANDERA BULLETIN FOR ALLOWING THIS ONE SIDED ARTICLE TO BE PUBLISHED!

      We tried to comment on this article several times and was banned because the Editor did not like our choice of words in reference to Mary Burton and Patsy Johnson being on the same Board of a 501C3 non-profit. What happen to first amendment rights? This is a newspaper that is monitoring comments to keep their one sided story in favor of BDHR. One would think they would want to do an investigation to prove that we are wrong about the care the animals get at BDHR! Thank you Editor Jessica Hawley-Jerome for controlling first amendment rights and freedom of speech!!

      news@banderabulletin.com. Phone number: 830-796-3718. Fax number: 830-796-4885. Address: 1110 Main St./ P.O. Box 697 Bandera, Texas 78003

      Editor Name: Jessica Hawley-Jerome Phone Number 1-830-796-3718
      Reporter Name: James Henry Frazer Phone Number 1-210-473-5192

      Please go to this FB link below to read art

    15. "Bandera Bulletin" Newspaper Reporter James Henry Frazer writes Article

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      This article presents just how difficult it is to "PROTECT ANIMALS" in small town America..how I was personally attacked for trying to help these animals. Mr Frazer spoke to me on the phone for less than five minutes..his opinion was already written...he spoke to ex volunteer Susan Powell for less than five minutes..he did not even bother interviewing James Hamilton, the former FIRED GM for over four years. This article was an attack to try and make our concerns "go away"...he did not put in this article how the horse "lil Mama" suffered before she died..how the horses went without hay for six days...how they have eighty plus horses on less than twenty acres of what presents as an abandoned property. The Sgt from the sheriffs dept may have said "case closed"...but the case will never be closed to the people that care about the welfare of neglected animals. He wrote that one horse had Pigeon Fever...the truth is eight or nine horses were treated and one had to be euthanized.

      https:

    16. Sandra Norriss, Vincent, Al Challenges Petition..NEVER visited BDHR

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      Petition Organizer

      Sandra Norris has NEVER visited BDHR..how would she know? Please go to link, read her comment and our rebuttal or click on "more at facebook.com" link.
      https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/greatnonprofits/posts/380496435332774?notif_t=share_comment

    17. Horse Sponsor Kate Nelson Statement about BDHR

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      Petition Organizer

      Sponsor Kate Nelson says.... "I am surprised that many of my friends have not signed my petition as of yet. This refuge allowed our sponsored horse to die a horrible death without benefit of veterinary care. Had they called me or my sister, we would have happily paid the price for a vet. We have helped raise lots of money for them....especially when they were out of hay for 6 days a few months ago. Please help remove these people from power".

    18. Reached 250 signatures
    19. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 7 con't

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      Petition Organizer

      The story changed and then we were told by this same staff member that a vet could not be called if it cost more than $250.00 per the Board Members. She may have “just died” per BDHR but it was a very painful agonizing death.

    20. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 7

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      BDHR: “It is pointless to try to rebut the accusations because this woman has made up her mind and nothing will change it”.
      OR: We have made no accusations, we have told the truth.
      BDHR: “By the way, Lil Mama was over 35 years old and did not colic, she had worked all her life and just died”.
      OR: One part of this BDHR statement has partial truth, “Lil Mama” was in her thirties. No one knows what “Lil Mama” died of because she did not get VET care, a VET was NEVER called. We were told Saturday, June 9th, a horse named "Lil Mama" got sick, tossed and turned, suffered and finally died a very painful death on Sunday, June 10th. This poor suffering horse (supposedly it was colic diagnosed by a staff member) did not receive any Vet care at all. We were told by a paid staff member that they could not get a vet to come out.

    21. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 6

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      Petition Organizer

      BDHR: “One other note: we gave the GM a fresh start when he got out of prison for capital murder and this is his thanks to us”

      OR: This is the saddest part of BDHR statement. This GM worked for BDHR for over four years, he was fired making $8.50 an hour with no overtime pay. He loved his job and the animals and worked very hard for BDHR. He was groomed by the co-founder to take over the refuge if need be. If this statement by BDHR is even true this incident would have occurred before this man had reached his teen years, this man is in his thirties. For BDHR to post this about this GM is appalling and cruel. Sad.

    22. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 5 con't

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      by K T
      Petition Organizer

      The fact of the matter is when the Sgt and the animal liaison arrived at BDHR before we even got there someone on BDHR staff called the police on the police. The staff member advised the police someone was on the property taking notes. This someone was Sgt Merritt in full uniform and the animal liaison. He arrived there in an unmarked truck. Sgt Merritt advised us that he did not tell his dispatch that he was going to BDHR and that is why they sent out an officer, the officer was there to check who SGT Merritt and the animal liaison were.

    23. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 5

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      Petition Organizer

      BDHR: "What she failed to mention is the fact that she was asked to leave the Refuge, refused and we called the Bandera Sheriff's office to ask her to leave the property. The Deputy who came told her there was no cruelty and that the horses were in great condition. ."
      OR: First all BDHR is focusing on just me, there were other volunteers present. We were never asked to leave by anyone; we are the ones that brought the Bandera Sheriff's Dept there. Sgt Shane Meritt advised Mary Burton, Board Member of this in his phone call on Friday, June 22, 2012. BDHR is still choosing to post this untruth. Sgt Merritt never said to any of us that there was no cruelty and that the horses were in great condition. We are not accusing BDHR of any physical cruelty at all.

    24. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 4

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      Petition Organizer

      BDHR: "This woman is vindictive and unreasonable. She has harassed us with phone calls and now e-mails and a petition against us."

      OR: Anyone that knows "this woman" will attest that there is nothing vindictive about her. However, it is true that she can be a bit unreasonable when it comes to the welfare of animals. Yes, phone calls were made but they were not hostile conversations in fact they were quite pleasant until the petition and this page was started. As far as emails I have sent three emails to BDHR, one asking them to remove their statement full of untruths, one asking them to please remove the statement that they made about the GM and one with a link to our petition.

    25. Our Rebuttal to BDHR UNTRUTHS in Their Website Statement Page 3

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      Petition Organizer

      BDHR: "The GM and this woman have been in cohoots to put him and her on the Board of Directors and take over. This all started when we did not take her advice about running the Refuge".

      OR: I have met the GM three times and we were not in cahoots’ or planning some major hostile takeover...this statement from BDHR is just asinine. I personally NEVER wanted to be on the Board, I voiced this many times. My forte' is raising funds and taking care of animals. However, there were others that wanted to be on the Board, a retired Navy Pilot with a MBA that the refuge would have only benefited from, he was not allowed. There were also other people with the same level of intellect they were not allowed either. The Board has four Board members although their bi-laws state they can have up to seven.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Samantha Boswell SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Because i love horses and cant bear to seem them suffer. They are my passion and have become a part of me.

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    • Beatrice Weems SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Animals should not be neglected and made to live in such inhumane conditions.

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    • Lisa Compton SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Animal abuse is not tolerated

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    • Kelli Waterson LIVE OAK, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I visited with a friend back in March. We observed two clear cases of founder (no vet care) and one case of an older horse having their face totally obliterated by tumors (again, no vet care). It was awful, and no one seemed to care!

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    • Carmen Delgado SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I sign because I give my spare change to a variety of animal causes in the Greater San Antonio are. The conditions described by the petitioners are intolerable; this is abuse.

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