UPDATE NOON, APRIL 4:
CHAMP WAS LOVINGLY LET GO AN HOUR AGO. HE WAS SHOWING NEUROLOGICAL SIGNS AND WAS NOT GOING TO RECOVER. EVERYONE IS SO SAD… HIS BLOODWORK INDICATED, JUST YESTERDAY, THAT HE HAD A GOOD CHANCE… BUT OBVIOUSLY NOW, THERE WAS MORE TO IT.
ALL BUCKET FUND PROCEEDS WILL GO TO CHAMP’S EMERGENCY CARE THIS MORNING AS WELL AS HIS PREVIOUS VET BILLS. IF THERE IS ANY LEFT OVER, IT WILL GO TO HIS NEW, PREGNANT AND SKINNY FRIEND, CONNIE.
I AM SO SORRY. THANK YOU, ALL. YOU DID YOUR BEST AND THE HURT WILL BE LESS NOW THAT THERE ARE FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE MEDICAL TEAM.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
I am so angry I could just spit.
This poor gelding was found shuffling down the street, barely alive. Luckily, someone called the police who called the South Florida SPCA who rounded him up and brought him home to their safe facilities.
But c’mon, really? It isn’t as if this poor guy had been traveling for miles, unnoticed…
Clearly, someone opened a gate and pushed him out after they had neglected him for… for… ever, basically. They kicked him out to fend for himself when he had nothing left. Aargh. I just want to smack them.
I mean, if your only idea of getting help is to kick your horse out, why not do it when he still has a fighting chance?!! Oy.
I find it hopeful that one of the other horribly starved Bucket Fund horses was named, Champ. You might remember him. And, he made it. He looked as bad and he pulled through…
Let’s hope we have the same outcome for this Champ.
So far, we know that he is a gelding and they think he’s a 12 year-old QH.
When Champ came in (March 25th), his scrotum was so swollen, they thought he was a stallion. Upon closer inspection, they realized that he wasn’t a stallion but his scrotum had filled up with nasty fluid from a severe infection… Ugh.
The vets at SF SPCA immediately administered IV fluids and IV antibiotics. Champ has shunts in his scrotum which are helping drain the infection. He is on a re-feeding program of very soft, watery foods because his es0phagus was so barren that it wouldn’t let food pass.
The guy is a mess… and from what I could tell from the photos – it looks like he has front shoes on.
Front shoes? Really? Who was riding him? OMG. Please, make it stop.
Champ’s prognosis is guarded.
They are awaiting a chemistry panel to see how badly his internal organs have been effected.
But for right now, 8 days after he was found, Champ is eating and drinking every 2 hours. He has a voracious appetite and is much ‘perkier’, they say…
In fact, he is showing appreciation and affection.
What a sweet boy.
SOUTH FLORIDA SPCA
At first, when I heard the term ‘SPCA’ in this case, I thought Champ was in the yard of the local small animal shelter. But, I was wrong. This facility has 65 horses in their care right now and they operate just like a Rescue. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.
If you go to the website, they have fundraisers, vets, horses in residence, adoptions, volunteers, donation programs… all that is needed to rescue and care for lost and neglected equines. In fact, on the same day that they rescued Champ, they brought in 7 other starved horses, a beaten dog and an emu. They have huge hearts.
AND, THEY DO REIKI! I had to add this final photo (below) to show you how much they care about each and every one of their rescues… This is Champ receiving a Reiki treatment yesterday. Just look at his face.
Please let’s help the SOUTH FLORIDA SPCA keep up the good fight!
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