Horse Rescues 

 

          Annies Key  

My very first rescue as an Animal Control Officer.  This Thoroughbred mare had raced at Charlestown in December 1998.  We were called in March 1999.  From what I could tell, the mare had not been fed for the three months she'd been home from the track.  He kept her in a pen, by herself.  It was really a dry lot. When the vet arrived, he was amazed she wasn't dead already.  She had pneumonia, and thus, should have had a fever, but instead, her body temp was 4 degrees UNDER normal!  He believed this to be for the fact she had no body fat at all, and virtually no muscle left, so she had no way to keep her body at normal temperature.  WOW!  She fell before she was put on the trailer  taking her to the Equine Rescue League in Leesburg, Virginia.  I thought that was it.  So did everybody else, but we got her up and on the trailer.  This mare picked up considerably at ERL.  Today she is wonderful.  Yes, I got a conviction on this one.  He had a field of horses, and wasn't feeding any of them, but because they were out in the field, they could keep up at least a little of their weight. She was far and away the worst, but ALL the horses looked bad.  I won all 7 counts of cruelty, plus I had a couple of other charges on him, as his place was a MESS!  Broken glass all over, etc... So, all the horses were awarded to Clarke County Animal Control.  I sent all of them to the Equine Rescue League.  I love them. They are not only some of the best people for taking care of these grossly underweight, undernourished horses, the fact that they have so many they are caring for, and still do such a great job, really speaks for their commitment and effort. 

                                   

 

                                                    

 

    It was this particular rescue that  I was nominated for, and then won, 

    "Animal Control Officer of the Year"   for the Commonwealth of Virginia, back in 1999

 

   You know, I bet there must be some sort of gene or something in our DNA that makes us do this crazy job -  volunteers, rescue folks, the multiple adopter people,  all of us that work so hard for these poor horses - actually all animals.  The rescue people I have met so far, are just like me - they have rescue horse(s), but theyalso have:  adopted dogs/cats/and whatever else needed help or needed saving.   There are  a lot of people out there that think we are NUTS for doing what we do -  especially because we usually don't get 'paid' for it.                 
    We can't imagine NOT doing it.       Good for us.

 

 

 

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