THIS UPDATE SHOWS THE HORRIBLE REALITY OF OUR WORLD AT THE RESCUE AND WHAT CAN AND DOES HAPPEN TO THE HORSES WE LOVE. THE PICTURES OF THE BABY AT THE BOTTOM ARE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND DEMONSTRATE WHY SHE HAS TO HAVE EMERGENCY SURGERY. THERE ARE ALSO PICTURES OF DEE AS SHE LAY IN THE FIELD. JUST A WARNING :( UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS THE REALITY OF MY WORLD!
As we waited for the Brand Inspector at the Wild Horse Benefit in Minden, I glanced at my phone. There were several missed calls and a multitude of texts. I opened my message and this is what I saw. My beautiful Dee was lying dead in the pasture. She had been brutally murdered. I couldn't breathe and wanted to scream. Doubled over I tried to deal. It couldn't be true. My beautiful pregnant mare who was supposed to go to her new home that very day. Gone from this earth forever. As the sobs took over, I didn't want to be here anymore. There is just so much pain and evil. The physical hurt was excruciating and I knew it just couldn't be true.
This last Saturday night - early Sunday morning, our beloved Dee was brutally killed after suffering a horrific death, along with her unborn foal.
Dee was one of the Yakama 24 we brought home late June, 2016. She spent about a month and a half with us at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, where she learned that people might just not be so bad. To our horror, that is what could have been her down fall.
Police are still investigating how this happened. The vet said that inside her head wound her skull has been shattered. A gun? A bow and arrow?, No one knows for sure. She also has what appears to be a stab wound in her side and other injuries.
We are absolutely devastated and literally physically sickened by what happened to Dee. She had come to accept people and would eat out of your hand and would spend hours playing in the sprinklers on Kim's ranch in Idaho. She had only been there for about 5 days as she waited for her adopter to come and pick her up. Danniell arrived, only to find Dee lying dead in the field.
There is an ongoing investigation http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/police-investigate-horse-stabbing-death-in-power-county/article_267a26c7-d8d3-5a9b-92dd-cb3beda405f5.html and we are waiting for results from the autopsy.
We have set up a GoFundMe account to try and raise enough money for a reward that will entice someone to come forward. This person or persons took two lives, and the vet said Dee would have suffered horribly. I feel horrible because I taught her that humans are kind.............. I thought I saved her when we kept her from the slaughter pipeline. Now, I can only hope she had enough love and joy to make it worth it.
So while we try to go on after learning this news, I am taking care of Shadow round the clock. Shadow is a beautiful foal who was orphaned due to the roundups. Unfortunately the "new guy" didn't follow directions and she panicked, crashing so hard into a fence that she nearly killed herself. She is pretty much completely blind and seems to have ruptured her actual eye.
Matt brought her home last Friday evening. I have been treating her non stop, per our vet's instructions and we fear she is actually 100% blind, and her eye is blown and now the eyeball is bulging and sticking out of her head. She has been seen by two vets, (our vet Kaia in WA State and our local vet Dr. Bonnie Dory).
Unfortunately due to the swelling we had to wait and see what the damage was. Now we know, and it is horrific. What used to be her eye is sticking out between her eyelids to the point she cannot even close her eyes. She is on pain medication and antibiotics. Her surgery is scheduled for tomorrow at 4 pm. PLEASE SAY LOTS OF PRAYERS. We have had an overload of devastation with these horses.
Shadow's surgery will start at about $600, but that is just the base cost. There are zero options as to whether she can go without the surgery. It absolutely has to be done. She is an amazing little girl, and her buddy stays with her at night and during the day she and I are getting to know each other and bonding very quickly. Her buddy is right next to her, but since Missy is wild and causes Shadow more stress when I have to treat her, it has worked out perfectly this way. (I have been doing lots of research on blind horses and a wonderful woman from back east who has cared for 15? or so blind horses helped me greatly).
Shadow is doing extremely well considering, and she is eating and drinking and knows the boundaries of her stall and pen. She is such a love and we are going to make sure she has a wonderful life.
Of course we considered if it would be kinder to her to euthanize her, but this little girl is definitely not ready to quit.
She plays in her water trough and simply does not even seem to know she is different. Her pain seems to be very well controlled as I can clean around her eyes without adding a great deal of discomfort. Last night she came up to lay her gooey messy face on my chest and just stood there for about 20 minutes, while I loved on her and tried not to gag at the discharge on my shirt. She is amazing and needs to have a life full of love and peace after what she went through. Thankfully, the vet feels that her nerves could have easily been severed and that could also be why she does not act like she is in a great deal of pain.
But she has to have her surgery asap, as you can see by the photos below.
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Thank you for helping us save these babies and the Yakama adult band too!!
GRAPHIC, VERY REAL AND HEARTBREAKING PICTURES BELOW
WARNING - THE PICTURES BELOW ARE GRAPHIC AND UPSETTING. SHE NEEDS HER EMERGENCY SURGERY DESPERATELY!!! CLICK READ MORE TO CONTINUE
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