"NYC's animal welfare community lost a dear friend and advocate last week, in the passing of Renee Ann Martin Shatzer – a wonderful, caring, beautiful person who tirelessly campaigned for strays and other animals in need, raising money and awareness for local animal rescue groups, particularly in Brooklyn," starts the obituary on The New York Companion's Facebook page.
Shatzer was born on November 7, 1968 and passed away on February 17, 2013 at the Jersey Shore Hospital. She dedicated her life to speaking for the voiceless; she had a special place in her heart for horses, and she became an avid advocate for the well-being of carriage horses in New York City.
In a terrible twist of fate, it was a horse that caused her death. In a report by The Express, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said, "She was grooming her horse when the animal apparently was spooked. A rope tied to the horse was wrapped around the woman's arm. She couldn't break free of the horse."