Yesterday (May 1, 2017) the unthinkable and the indefensible happened when we received a call from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office regarding a large group of neglected horses found in Indiantown.
Apparently the Sheriff’s Office received a tip reporting neglected horses and conducted an investigation where they found eleven horses and one donkey that were on the verge of starvation.
The worst of the poor horses was literally at death’s door, severely emaciated, and barely able to walk. Our staff estimated that this horse was approximately 600 pounds underweight. There was some question if he would survive the trip to our facility.
The balance of the horses were malnourished and appeared to be infested with parasites.
Taking on twelve abused animals simultaneously is an enormous job for any rescue organization but despite the challenges our team did not hesitate for an instant to mobilize and drive a fleet of trailers to Indiantown to rescue these unfortunate animals.
The most seriously malnourished horse is easy to pick out in the pictures below but almost every one of the horses is at some advanced stage of malnourishment. You’ll also note that some of the horses are suffering from rain rot and excessive exposure to sun.
We’re still trying to sort out the history and names for each of these horses. Don’t let the fact that our photographer did his best to make these horses look adorable make you believe that these horses are in great condition. They all need and are getting some very intensive care to walk them back from a very dark place.
We need your help to nurse these horses back to health. Our president estimated that it will cost somewhere north of $100,000.00 before these horses are fully rehabilitated. We’d like to ask that you join us by making a contribution to this effort. We now have approximately forty horses in our paddocks and barn and the costs are staggering.
Watch WPTV’s Coverage of “Chief” and the Indiantown 12 by clicking on the logo below.