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New Details Surface on Assateague Pony Death

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BERLIN, Md.- A fed horse is a dead horse.

These are the warning words found on Assateague Island National Seashore.

Words that last week, came true. 

According to park officials, the 7-year-old pony ate a large amount of dog food. Too much in fact, causing its death.

As unfortunate as it is, the park is not pointing any fingers.

"Negligence, not purposeful, I don't think that whoever left the dog food in a non-secure container actually recognized that is was going to be a problem," said Kelly Taylor, Maryland district supervisor of outreach and education.

The park is however urging the community to work with them to avoid anymore deaths.

"Putting your food in hard sided container with a strap on it to keep the lids down, so that when the horses bump over that container, the lid doesn't pop off and they are not rewarded for their effort," she said. 

The camp ground is currently distributing coolers straps so that campers can make sure they keep all their food tightly packed, that way when a horse knocks it over, nothing comes out.

The horse was found by campers who then notified park rangers.

Rangers also say because they cannot determine when the horse ate the food, the investigation has concluded and no one is being held accountable.

Dru Gensler has been camping at Assateague with his dog for the past 8 years. He says it's easy to avoid these tragedies.

"We didn't have food outside, it was in the camper and the horses just do their grazing and then they move on," he said. 

The park hopes more campers will follow Dru's example. 

 

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