The following is a first person narrative, written by one of our horse rescuers. Animals Abused & Abandoned has been funding hay purchases and vet services for this rescue operation. Enjoy reading about Miss Dollís miraculous recovery. (Click any image in this story to open a larger image in a pop-up window.)
Miss Doll was rescued from an older couple who had been convicted of felony animal cruelty and sentenced to prison.
I happened to pick up a local paper and saw an ad for "one aged horse free". When I called, they explained that she was a little underweight, but otherwise a fine riding horse and said she was almost 20 years old. Nothing in this world could have prepared me for what I saw when I went to pick her up... I literally could taste the blood in my mouth from biting my tongue. What I saw was a mare much older than 20 yrs. (My vet estimated her age at 40+ years.) How she stood I'll never know. Sheer will to live and the heart of a lion is all I can come up with. She was at least 400 pounds underweight. Her skin hung to her carcass like a plastic bag that had melted over a lightbulb...
We took her home crying and praying she'd be able to stand the trip. Miss Doll made the trip. I did not see her lie down for 3 months. She just leaned on the panels of her pen to rest. With lots of A&M feed, rice bran, and senior supplements she gained weight steadily each day.
This horse rescue is wishing to purchase a ten stall barn with tack room with automatic watering apparatus and feeders. A 60x120 foot arena with lights, a 50 foot round pen, a 40x18 pole barn, and a six heavy hitching posts for a purchase price of $7,000.00.
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