Day At The Track

Hoosier Park teams up with local rescue

07:17 AM 27 May 2011 NZST
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Hoosier Park is pleased to welcome C.S.C. Farms Wildlife Rehab to the Memorial Day harness racing program. The organization, based in Hartford City, Ind. will offer guests of all ages a look at some of the exotic animals that are currently based at their facility. Included in the display is an alligator and a Munt Jak, which is a miniature deer.

With more than 160 animals on their property, C.S.C. Farms first came into contact with Hoosier Park following an extreme case of abuse to a horse last year. After providing the information to Vice President of Marketing Jahnae Erpenbach, Hoosier Park became the official sponsor of Lilly, the newest resident of the not-for-profit facility that sits on 10 acres of property that is adjacent to a wildlife reserve.

“We were contacted by Indy Care and Control last summer about Lilly,” said Zach Crouch, who is the son of one of the farm’s founders, Judi Crouch. “Lilly had been seized from a home in downtown Indianapolis on an animal cruelty charge. She had spent the first seven years of her life in a 10 by 10 dog kennel with no care. Her coat had never been brushed and she was only about 240 or 250 pounds. She was on death’s door. I don’t know how she had made it that long in those conditions.”

Lilly, who was named after the mother of the woman who transported her to the farm, was immediately put into rehabilitation. Besides her physical capacity, she had no social skills and is still struggling to trust humans. Through the assistance of Hoosier Park, Lilly is now under the care of a horse trainer that is working with her.”

“She is still pretty nervous,” said Crouch. “And, she still bites. She is very anti-men and although she’s supposed to be a full-grown palomino horse, her time in the dog kennel has stunted her growth and she is now pony-sized.”

Lilly isn’t quite ready for an appearance at Hoosier Park, so C.S.C. Farms will provide other animals from their facility for fans to enjoy during the special Memorial Day racing program. The farm has animals ranging from native to exotic at all times, and has even cared for a set of bears before taking them to Colorado to release them back into the wild.

“We are definitely volunteer-based,” said Crouch. “We work with local Humane Societies and Law Enforcement agencies and are governed by the Department of Natural Resources. We rely on donations to keep our facility running.”

C.S.C. Farms has been in operation since 1988. They deal with all types of animals from seized to orphaned or injured animals. They currently have animals ranging from goats, turkeys, and peacocks to raccoons and a variety of birds. Stop by their booth in the Grandstand Paddock to find out more information on their facility.

Tammy KNOX

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