Henrico horse trainer travels to Houston to rescue stranded animals

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 7:37 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2017 at 3:35 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of animals, both pets and livestock, are in need of rescue in Texas, as Harvey continues to pound the area.

Harrowing images are surfacing online and in newscasts of horses locked in barns submerged up to their necks, dogs trapped in cages with rising water, cats abandoned without food or water, and livestock roaming in flooded areas. Those images prompted Patrick McKann to do more than just watch them on television.

"Why am I sitting here going, 'Gee, I really need to do something.' No. We went to work," said McKann of his effort.

McKann, a horse trainer from Henrico, is working with animal rescue agencies on the ground in Texas. He's packing a livestock trailer full of animal supplies, even a boat, and heading to Houston Wednesday night. Currently, the trailer is at Champion Saddlery North in Doswell, where donations are being collected.

McKann is loading the trailer with horse, livestock and pet supplies, like feed, water, lead ropes, halters, buckets, vet and medical supplies, dog and cat food, leashes, carrying cages, food, and water bowls, as well as supplies for people, like clothes and diapers. He's also accepting monetary donations for fuel costs.

"Whatever goes on that trailer will not come back to Virginia. It will go somewhere. it is definitely needed," continued McKann.

McKann is bringing a fellow horse trainer and livestock and will focus on horses, abandoned livestock, and pets. However, McKann says his crew will help anyone in need whom they come across. However, they'll likely be wrangling and transporting horses and other animals to higher ground with the trailer.

"I'll be sleeping on the outside, right on the ground," said McKann, of when the trailer becomes full with stranded animals.
 
Donations can be dropped off at:

  • Champion Saddlery North, 15225 Breedens Rd, Doswell
  • Champion Saddlery South, 913 Grove Rd, Midlothian
  • Southern States, 8718 West Broad Street, Henrico
  • Ashland Feed and Seed, 120 Thompson St, Ashland

McKann says he'll be making repeated trips to Texas, so the donations can keep coming.

"Whatever we have to do... If it has to come out of my pocket...it comes out of my pocket," said McKann.

If you would like to support McKann, he has a fundraiser on GoFundMe.

The Louisa Community Animal Response Team is also gearing up to deploy to Texas with military-grade, mobile animal shelters.

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