Phoenix was rescued May 5th, 2009. It all started when a woman named Diane was driving down a road in central California. A horse caught her eye. It was standing in a field, all alone. He was very skinny and didn’t look healthy in the least. She turned the car around for a closer look. She almost didn’t, but something inside her head told her she needed to investigate. She is an amature photographer, so she took pictures and posted them on her blog and put a link on another major horse blog, hoping to get help for this horse. One of our volunteers saw the pictures and forwarded them to us at the office.
We contacted a local veterinarian office, Taylor Vet, to help rescue this poor boy. Animal Control refused to seize him, stating “The horse was a very old horse, there was food for him on the property in the form of some green grass, and that he has been improving in weight and health, other than his hair seems to be falling out.” Upon evaluation he is only about 14 years old!
The owner agreed to sign Phoenix over to us. Taylor Vet led him gently to a waiting trailer.
Phoenix has been at a vet hospital from when he was rescued in early May 2009 until late October 2009. He was first at Taylor Vet, and once he was strong enough to travel, Look Ahead Vet. He had a rough start to his recovery, he had severe diarrhea and other complications due to his starvation. He had to have a lot of medical attention including a plasma transfusion. Now, Phoenix is recovered and doing extremely well.
Update on Phoenix
Phoenix has a lifetime sponsor at the shelter and is a very happy boy. This photo was taken in the fall of 2012. As you can see he is doing absolutely amazing.