An interested animal lover contacted authorities on behalf of a young foal after she observed the foal struggling to stand and remain standing. She contacted the Redwings Welfare team to obtain help for the foal.
The young horse was severely underweight. An injury on his rear leg was open, untreated, covered with flies and maggots. The foal was truly in a bad way and was close to death.
Redwings senior field officer Julie Harding called in Dr. Nicola Berryman, one of the charity’s veterinarians. Berryman brought along RSPCA inspector Nicky Thorne.
Harding said of the foal that his body condition was a score 0. He came up totally emaciated on the rating scale and looked very much skeletonized. His coat was covered in matts and burrs. He was ravenously thirsty.
He was named “Matty” because of the poor, matted state of his coat. He was transported to Redwings horse hospital, located in Hapton, just south of Norwich. Matty is being treated by the charity’s vet team and is beginning to show good progress.
This is the first time I’ve ever given a body condition score of 0 – it’s completely unacceptable. Without Redwings intervention he would certainly have died within a day or two.
Berryman mentioned that in all of her experience, she has never seen such a horrible condition. She voiced how pleased they all were that they were able to get to the foal in time to help him. It was fortunate for the foal that a member of the public was able to report the foal’s condition to officials who were able to provide help.
Despite his pain he was clearly determined to survive. He has been a star patient throughout and is already looking brighter every day.
To date, no owner has been identified and no one has stepped forward. No other horses were in the area where he was found.
This poor foal was completely neglected and would not have survived much longer. We would like to hear from anyone who knows who this foal belonged to. This kind of cruelty is simply appalling.
Information about the owner of the foal is sought. If anyone has any further information, please contact the Redwings Welfare team on 01508 481008. People can also help Matty by donating to his care. Use text code RWHS00 followed by a donation amount (i.e., RWHS00 £5) to 70070 or visit Redwings at their website www.redwings.org. http://www.redwings.org.uk
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