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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says it has activated its homeland security incident management team to assess the situation at the property in Greenbrier County.
Local reports indicate up to 26 horses have been found dead on the property, thought to be about 300 acres, since a tipoff to county officials on Wednesday.
The Register-Herald of Beckley reports that Sheriff James Childers said a veterinarian had identified 21 dead horses. Childers said the animals apparently starved to death. He called the situation "pitiful."
I can't see it being neglect since they all died at once.
Do they often send in homeland security when animals starve to death?
The National Incident Management System (NIMS),is intended to provide a uniform process for all levels of government,to work together in disaster situations to prepare, prevent, respond, and recover.
County emergency services directors are required to have 48 hours of training each year. Half of those hours are to be classroom hours while the other half may be independent study hours. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's online training site offers independent study courses.
The main treatment for botulism is antitoxins, which are antibodies that bind to BT and prevent it from affecting nerve cells. Once the toxin is bound to the cell, antitoxin is ineffective against it, making rapid diagnosis critical to preventing further paralysis. Antibiotics are also administered to kill the bacteria. The currently available antitoxins are isolated from horses and can cause adverse reactions in people. Doctors must request antitoxin from the CDC