A neighborhood within the city limits of Toledo and a 10-year-old Appaloosa have grabbed a lot of social media attention since a horse, living in the city, is a rare occurrence. Lots of people in Toledo are also talking about Apache and, surprisingly, many of them don’t mind the horse as long as his needs are properly cared for, waste is removed, and smell and flies are minimal. However, some calls have come in at the Toledo Area Humane Society over the past week through yesterday about the horse living in the middle of Toledo.
Since the first call, Toledo animal officers have investigated the horse and owner closely to monitor Apache’s welfare and living conditions. The horse has been living in his owner’s yard for 10 days. His condition is fine and he is regularly fed and watered. Owner Wayne Banks takes good care of Apache and keeps him clean and exercised.
The Toledo Area Humane Society remains involved with Apache and Banks, primarily because the horse has no shelter. The officers have established a deadline by which the horse must have a safe shelter. Banks asserts that he is trying to get a shelter built in the yard but he is also attempting to find a farm or barn for the horse.
Banks has owned Apache for six months after purchasing him at an auction. Apache was originally kept at a boarding stable and only ended up at Bank’s property when a rig hauling the horse broke down. Banks told Kelle Pack who is director of development and marketing for the Toledo Area Humane Society that Apache was there as a temporary measure. Upon the animal officer’s next check, Apache had not been moved and there was no shelter.
Says Pack, “At this point we are not hearing that the horse is mistreated or abused. What we are hearing is that it doesn’t have appropriate shelter.” The whole issue at the present has been an appropriate shelter for Apache.
A close neighbor to Banks and others in the immediate neighborhood actually enjoy the horse. Interestingly, Jimmy Baker spoke on behalf of Banks and Apache, saying,
The horse doesn’t bother me. The owner cleans up after it and everything. It’s not a big deal and none of the other neighbors seems to mind either.
Apache is “mellow” and gives rides to the kids in the neighborhood. Baker adds, “It’s nice to see the kids have something nice to do like this as opposed to getting into trouble.”
According to the humane society officers, they very much want people to keep their animals and this is no exception. If Banks is unable to put up a suitable shelter or find one where he can board Apache, the officers will take the horse to a temporary shelter. They say,
We’ll work within the law to see what the owner has to do if he wants to get his horse back. We will definitely be following up on the case and make sure we know how the horse is being cared for.
Banks is certain he can get suitable shelter for Apache according to the required deadline.