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Another abused, neglected and nearly-starved-to-death horse seized by the SPCA has lost his battle to live. He fought bravely considering the severity of his condition. Named Spunky by all of his caretakers, the little horse that was trying so hard to rally had to be euthanized. Dr. Jennifer Jackson of Kamloops Large Animal Clinic announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3, that Spunky was put down late Monday because “his suffering couldn’t be alleviated.”

Apparently the grip of starvation had taken hold of Spunky and the horse was so weakened, he had pneumonia and developed colitis in addition to his various other complications that derive from extreme starvation.

Jackson said that each time Spunky had anything to eat, he would be immediately uncomfortable and he would be seized by pain and they could not get the pain under control. He had deteriorated so far that he was just gripped by pain. It could not be relieved for him. Jackson said they had to make the heartbreaking decision.

Jackson spoke softly about Spunky,

He got to people at the clinic. He was a trooper and he just had that soft eye. He was so sweet. Everybody came and was here for the euthanasia. Everybody huddled around him and said good-bye. . . . I help in animal passing daily or every other day. But this was hard.

Two of the other seized horses are being cared for in foster care and seem to be improving nicely. A third horse has to remain at the clinic since her muscle loss prevents her from standing on her own. She remains in danger and is watched around the clock.

The publicity caused by the horse seizures has brought additional reports to SPCA special provincial constable Kent Kokoska. Yet another horse was turned in on Dec. 3, bringing the total number of horses seized and/or surrendered in the past month to 15. Five of these horses had to be put down due to extensive suffering.

Kokoska says that four horse owners are involved in these horse starvations. He continues, “We’re still conducting interviews, trying to establish ownership.

So much wanton neglect and abuse is shameful.

Source: Kamloops News

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