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Southern Utah starved yearling recovering after frozen to the ground

Severely undernourished and extremely weak, Elsa sweetly nickers as volunteers continue to stay with her as she slowly recovers.
Severely undernourished and extremely weak, Elsa sweetly nickers as volunteers continue to stay with her as she slowly recovers.
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In Enoch City, a yearling and her mother were recovering on Monday at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary in Cedar City after the young horse was found frozen in the ground according to Tuesday's Salt Lake Tribune News.

This underweight filly now named Elsa was actually frozen to the ground when discovered. She is still weak, but has an incredible will to live according to her rescuers.
This underweight filly now named Elsa was actually frozen to the ground when discovered. She is still weak, but has an incredible will to live according to her rescuers.
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Last Thursday authorities were notified of an extreme neglect situation, and when they arrived at the farm found the young horse frozen in the defrosting mud. Both horses are being cared for by Ginger Grimes and a host of volunteers at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary. The young horse's eye was partially frozen and infected with ice and mud. It is not known if her eyesight in that eye will return:

"There’s a body imprint, where you can see every hair strand," stated Grimes.

Half of her face was stuck in the melting mud with authorities from Animal Control saying it was the worst case of animal neglect they have ever seen.

The yearling has since been named Elsa, and the mother has been named Ann. The mare frequently comes into the barn to check on her baby who can only stand for short periods of time.

' "Once she was up, she didn’t want to lay down," Grimes said. "We brought her mom in to see her, and they were rubbing each others’ noses." '

Both horses have a long way to go until they recover, but both horses have shown an incredible will to live.

Authorities expect the owners of Elsa and Ann to be charged with extreme animal neglect.

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