Memorial service set for horses killed in stable fire

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FORT WORTH -- A organization that provides pet hospice care is planning a memorial service on Saturday for the horses that perished in a stable fire last week in northwest Fort Worth.

The service, conducted by Beyond the Rainbow, will start at 1 p.m. at the stable site, called The Ranch, in the 3000 block of Northwest 30th Street. The public is invited.

"We believe that before anyone can heal from a loss, especially a tragic loss such as this, that there needs to be a time when all those affected can come together and mourn," said Kate Moore of the hospice, which also helps arrange pet cremation and burials.

An estimated 17 horses either died in the flames or succumbed later to complications, said Charles Thompson of the Humane Society of North Texas. The group helped care for some surviving horses.

Other horses may have died after owners removed them, he said.

The blaze was first noticed about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 4 by a police officer on patrol. Firefighters helped eight horses to safety, including a mare and her colt.

Officials initially thought 13 horses were killed, but another was found later in the rubble, said Tammy Hawley, Humane Society operations director.

Another horse was put down on site because its injuries were too severe, Thompson said. And by the end of last week, the mare and colt had died.

A Fire Department spokesman said investigators have not found the cause of the fire. Anyone with information is asked to call 817-392-6850.

Moore said police, firefighters and Humane Society officials were welcome at the service "to come and remember and pay tribute to those beautiful horses." For more information, call 817-249-7700.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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