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Dixie Cup Funds Veterinary Treatment Area at Georgia Agriculture Equine Impound Facility

Money from The Dixie Cup Spring Classic Horse Show is paying for a veterinary treatment area at the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s equine impound facility in Decatur.

The $3,000 donation from The Dixie Cup has allowed completion of the first phase with the second phase to be completed in the near future. The VTA will provide an area where critically ill horses can be more appropriately treated.

“Treating and caring for equine not only will be easier in this area, but it will be safer for the animals and the staff tending to them,” said Tommy Irvin, Georgia Department of Agriculture commissioner.

“This addition improves our Decatur facility and our overall ability to rehabilitate abused and neglected equine in our care,” Irvin said.

A metal stock to restrain and secure the animals for treatment has been installed and the floor is concrete with rubber matting. A sunken portion of the floor accommodates the electronic scales, which are neatly hidden from view.

“We now have the capability to record accurate weights on the animals, and without them even knowing it,” said Irvin. Future plans for equipping the area include installing a hoist system, utility sink, improved lighting, and enhanced drainage.


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