Horses Rescued By New Hampshire SPCA October 25, 2013
Stratham, NH – The New Hampshire SPCA came to the rescue of four horses on Friday in Derry whose owners could not afford to provide them nutrition, vet care or farrier services. One of them, a five year old paint pony had given birth Wednesday, prompting a call from the animal control officer when the mother was too emaciated to feed her newborn colt.
Our Cruelty Investigator and Field Services Manager, Steve Sprowl, took the call and immediately loaded up the New Hampshire SPCA’s horse trailer to pick up mother and baby and rushed the colt to New England Equine Medical Center in Dover. Staff there worked through the night to save the colt by providing nutrition, etc. in an effort to stabilize him. Unfortunately their work wasn’t enough and on Thursday morning, the newborn colt succumbed.
The mother was transported here to our barn in Stratham and is being fed and comforted. She is emaciated, which most likely led to her inability to feed her newborn. She constantly seems to be looking for the baby she lost.
On Friday, our staff went back to the Derry home to pick up an additional three equines that were in varying degrees of malnutrition and muscle waste. All four horses will need to be evaluated by an Equine Veterinarian to determine whether there are any other underlying conditions.
The three rescued today were an 11 year old gelding who is underweight with clear signs of muscle waste, a 2 year old mini stallion and a 15 year old Roan gelding.
All of the horses were voluntarily surrendered to the New Hampshire SPCA because the owners realized that they were past the point of being able to care for them. Because they are now the property of the agency, all expenses associated with their rehabilitation, vetting and routine care will fall to the New Hampshire SPCA.
The good news, if there is any in this sad story, is that the horses are mostly young and we believe they have been ridden before this ordeal. We are hopeful that after a period of rehabilitation, they will be adoptable.
In the meantime, the New Hampshire SPCA is in need of financial contributions to our SOS Fund which helps us pay for the veterinary care, rehabilitation and time they will need, which may be many months. If you are able to make a gift to the SOS Fund, regardless of the size of the gift you can give, we will make sure that the gift is directed to the care of abused and neglected animals such as these four horses.
Contributions can be made to the SOS Fund via the website new-hampshire-spca.com; by mail to New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885, or by phone to 603-772-2921 x106.
We thank you in advance for your support of these poor creatures.