Officials consider options for disposal of 23 horses that died of botulism

Posted May 01, 2012, at 11:13 a.m.

GORHAM, Maine — State agriculture officials are scheduled to meet with the owners of a Gorham farm to discuss options for disposing of 23 horse carcasses that died of botulism last month.

State veterinarian Don Hoenig plans to present Anne and William Kozloff of Whistlin’ Willows Farm on Tuesday with a letter describing two options.

The preferred method would be to compost the remains, a process that would cause soft tissues to decompose within three months, long bones in six months.

Hoenig told The Portland Press Herald the alternative is installing a system that would divert water runoff around the burial location.

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The state suspects the horses got botulism through feed.

Neglect has been ruled out.

More than 40 horses remain at the farm.

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