Sweety and Ranger’s Rescue Story
In January of 2006 we were contacted by a supporter that there was serious horse abuse happening near Ukiah, CA. The horses were a 24 year old gelding, named Ranger with a body score of 1-, and a 10 year old Paint mare named Sweety with a body score of 1.
We contacted the Animal Control office in that county, but our phone call was not returned. We left the information and were hopeful that they would investigate and do whatever was necessary to remedy the situation. We were again contacted by our concerned supporter, and they were extremely concerned due to the severity of the situation. We were told that Animal Control came out and despite one of the horses falling down in front of the officer from weakness they just gave the owner a citation.
Poor Ranger, he was so skinny. The story came out that their owner was a drug abuser, and the Sheriff officer attending the seizure knew for a fact they had gone for at least 8 weeks with no food. Ranger was more than happy to receive a handful of hay when this photo was taken.
After the owner was threatened with criminal prosecution, we managed to get the horses turned over to us since Animal Control had no desire to seize them. Since we were so far from where they were being abused, we arranged an emergency foster home. The horses could only stand for a limited time before laying down from weakness, and the 6+ hour trailer ride would no doubt have killed them if we had tried to bring them to the rescue immediately.
Both of the horses had great spirits and seemed to know that their bad days were over. They especially enjoyed getting to eat once again. Of course when an equine is this emaciated it requires extreme care and diligence to start them on a feeding program.
In May of 2006, about 5 months after being rescued, Ranger was looking simply amazing! One could never tell he was the same horse that was a 1- on the body scale, as skinny as he could physically get and still be alive. The vet, who examined him upon being rescued, said he only had a few days to live. Ranger proved him wrong!
We would like to thank you, our supporters, for making it possible to rescue horses like Sweety and Ranger.