Mare euthanized last week

Published 10:25 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019

An emaciated mare that garnered extensive concern on social media was euthanized last week, city spokeswoman Diana Klink confirmed on Tuesday.

Photos of the gray, 18-year-old Arabian mare named Lalique were posted on social media Oct. 3 and went viral. The horse’s shoulder blades, ribs, spine and pelvis were all clearly visible in the photos, angering many people who viewed them.

Klink stated that Lalique was euthanized Friday and that investigations by Suffolk Animal Control and the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office are ongoing. Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Phillips “Phil” Ferguson also stated Tuesday afternoon his office’s investigation is ongoing. He declined to speculate on a timeline for its conclusion.

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Klink has previously stated that Suffolk Animal Control has been consistently involved in the case. The horse’s veterinarian, Dr. John Sangenario of Dominion Equine Clinic, diagnosed her with pleuritis and was also running other tests prior to her death, Klink stated. The state veterinarian twice declined to come to Suffolk to provide a second opinion on Lalique’s care.

A record on listed Lalique’s owner as Janet G. Aston. More than 60 other horses are on the property, Ferguson said last week. Lalique was kept near the intersection of Buckhorn and Chappell drives in the rural southwest part of the city, but the owners’ property spans many acres in that vicinity.

A Facebook page, “Justice for Starving horse in Hampton Roads,” has more than 400 followers. Another page, titled “Lalique needs your help,” is urging people to attend this Wednesday’s City Council meeting and speak up for the horses.