Coggins test Colorado
In a Horse Authority exclusive, Colorado’s state veterinarian tells us the location of a horse infected with the deadly disease Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is still unknown. A Weld County veterinarian reported the state’s third case last month.
It comes after a potential horse buyer requested an equine influenza test before buying a Quarter Horse. The horse’s owner took it to a veterinarian, who also recommended pulling the horse’s blood for a Coggins.
The deadly disease, also called swamp fever, affects horses, donkeys, and mules. There is no cure or vaccine to prevent EIA.
Upon receipt of the positive EIA test, the veterinarian realized the horse owner gave him only the perspective horse buyer’s contact information.
Despite attempts by state animal health officials, they haven’t found the horse’s owner or the horse. Additionally, Keith Roehr, DVM, Colorado State Veterinarian tells Horse Authority, “it’s doubtful they’ll locate the [EIA positive] horse”.
Horse buyers should request that a veterinarian pull blood for a Coggins test no matter how they purchase a horse. Prior to the transfer of the sales proceeds, the buyer should obtain the original Coggins from the veterinarian. And, don’t forget to get your Bill of Sale from the horse seller.
Horse slaughter feedlot investigation
The state continues investigating an incident involving an earlier EIA positive kill pen horse from Weld County. Before a vet euthanized the kill pen horse, 240 horses were exposed then transported to more than a dozen states. Vets still haven’t located eight horses nationally.
Ultimately, a panel of state animal health officials will decide the penalty for horse slaughter feedlot broker Jason Fabrizius. He faces a $1,000 fine for each horse transported into Colorado without a negative Coggins and a current health certificate.
So, will the state hold Fabrizius Livestock accountable for not following the rules? Stay with us for the answer although don’t expect an answer soon. That’s because Dr. Roehr says this type of investigation can last about a year.