FOR MANY MONTHS WE HAVE BEEN TRACKING THE SLOW DEGRADATION OF SOME HORSES. DUE TO THE VAST AND DENSELY WOODED PROPERTY THEY WERE ON MANY TIMES WE THOUGHT THEY HAD BEEN MOVED, ONLY TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THEM YET AGAIN.
ABOUT 6 WEEKS AGO WE GOT A CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR WHO SAID THAT THE REMAINING FILLY ON THE PROPERTY WAS NOT BEING CARED FOR AND THE OWNERS HAD ABANDONED HER.
AT THAT TIME WE WENT OUT AND FOUND THE LITTLE FILLY AND BEGAN FEEDING HER AND KEEPING AN EYE ON HER. WE WERE NOT SURE WHO THE OWNERS WERE AND LEGALLY OUR HANDS WERE TIED AT THE TIME.
SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WE POSTED PICTURES OF HER FINALLY AND TOLD EVERYONE ABOUT HER STORY. HE HAVE BEEN FEEDING HER CONTINUALLY EVER SINCE TRYING TO FIND THE OWNERS.
THIS MORNING THE OWNERS WERE FOUND AND THEY SURRENDERED THE FILLY TO AS AT APPROXIMATELY 12PM.
AT THAT TIME A TEAM OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND 2 OF THE VAL VERDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WENT TO WORK TRYING TO CATCH THE LITTLE FILLY.
SHE IS IN HORRIFIC SHAPE AND HAS NEVER BEEN HANDLED. COUPLE THAT WITH THE FACT THAT SHE IS SCARED, STARVED AND IN PAIN AND WE HAD OUR WORK CUT OUT FOR US. ABOUT 3 PLUS HOURS OF WORK.
IN THE PROCESS OF CORRALLING THE FILLY WE MADE THE GRUESOME DISCOVERY OF HER MOTHERS DECOMPOSING BODY. SHE HAD NOT BEEN REMOVED FROM THE PROPERTY LIKE WE THOUGHT, BUT HAD IN FACT STARVED TO DEATH AND DIED INSIDE A LITTLE MAKE SHIFT SHED IN THE CORRAL.
THE LITTLE FILLY LED US RIGHT TO HER. OUR HEARTS BROKE AS WE WATCHED HER APPROACH WHAT WAS ONCE HER MOTHER AND PROTECTOR. HORSES ARE HERD ANIMALS AND HAVING A HERD AND COMPANION IS VITALLY IMPORTANT OT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. WE COULD ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THIS LITTLE HORSE HAD SUFFERED ALL ALONE FOR SO LONG.
THE LITTLE FILLY WENT DOWN ON US ONCE IN THE PROCESS OF LOADING HER, CONFIRMING OUR GREATEST FEARS ABOUT HER DETERIORATED STATE.
WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER LOADED THANKS TO THE HELP OF THE VAL VERDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT AND A COUPLE OF WONDERFUL COWBOYS WHO CAME OVER FROM THE STOCK YARDS WITH A HUGE STOCK TRAILER AND ANOTHER HORSE TO HELP HER FEEL SAFE.
ONCE LOADED WE RUSHED HER TO DR. MARTIN'S OFFICE WHERE SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR AWHILE. ONCE SHE WAS HEALTHY ENOUGH TO BE MOVED SHE WENT TO A FOSTER, THIS YOUNG HORSES LIFE WILL FOREVER MORE BE IN LOVING HANDS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING THIS LOVELY FILLY - PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE.
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