Yesterday, the Ohio SPCA Response Team rescued a horse after receiving a tip by phone. The team found the senior gelding emaciated and near death. After the owner surrendered the horse to the Ohio SPCA, he was taken to an equine hospital for immediate attention.
The starving horse lost at least half of his body weight, and his bones are clearly visible. His body temperature is lower than it should be so he is blanketed to keep him warm. If he pulls through, the road to recovery will take months, and his care will be costly.
Anyone wishing to donate to help with this horse's medical costs can be made at the Ohio SPCA's website: http://www.ohiospca.org/#!donate
It had already been a sad week at the Ohio SPCA Farm Sanctuary. Two long-time residents, goats Elvis and Billy, passed away this week, as did Little Bella cat, who just arrived at the sanctuary. When Bella was found, she was emaciated, sick, and drinking from a dirty water puddle. Even though she was given the best veterinary care, it was just too late. Her little body was too full of infection and her kidneys were already shutting down.
Blue-eyed Elvis and Bossy Billy were part of the group of 250 goats seized in a 2005 cruelty case.
The Ohio SPCA says on their Facebook page:
It has been a heartbreaking week. Losing the battle is hard each time, but three in a row is hard to take. Elvis and Billy were with us for many years. They were part of our sanctuary family and now there are empty spots in the barn and pasture. They are not forgotten. Little Bella was not with us for long, but her life mattered, therefore so does her death.
The Ohio SPCA currently cares for more than 100 animals at their farm sanctuary. Besides goats, they also care for horses, cows, pigs, and sheep, which are allowed to roam free in the pastures. They also take in rabbits, chickens, ducks, even pigeons. Although the sanctuary is set up for farm animals, dogs and cats can also be found living in the farmhouse there.
Even before the starving horse was rescued, the medical bills lately at the farm sanctuary have been especially high, and their veterinary funds have been tapped. Even so, the Ohio SPCA (who is NOT affiliated with the ASPCA of NY, as seen on tv), promises to continue to rescue and save all the animals they can:
However, this will NOT deter us or alter our beliefs regarding life. So many times, animals have recovered and lived for months or years longer. We do not want to chance turning out the lights prematurely. The Ohio SPCA rescues to give LIFE. Please consider a donation in memory of Elvis, Bossy Billy, and Bella. So many animals need our continued care and even more in the future.
At the sanctuary, some of the animals are available for adoption. Others, due to their age or medical condition, will spend the rest of their lives in peace and quiet at the sanctuary. These animals can be helped by sponsoring.
To sponsor one of the animals at the sanctuary, or to read more about the animals there, like Peking ducks Feathers, Downy and Quackers, or Henry the talkative goat, see their website at http://www.ohiospca.org/#!sponsor.
With so many sad abuse cases in the news, it is nice to know there is a place where animals are being helped, are safe and loved. If you would like to help by donating for the horse's care, please click here.
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