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.
Last month, the Horse and Man group helped Adella, the poor mare who almost severed her foot after she was tied up with wire and subsequently tangled in it.
(You can read her story here.)
Luckily, she was rescued by Habitat for Horses… Her wounds have healed very nicely but her tendons in that foot are severed.
The good news is that HFH is looking into stem cell therapy for her!
And, Arcequine from the UK is contemplating sending over a unit to help Adella (that is how confident they are in its success rate…).
So, I will keep you posted on her progress, for sure!
Yesterday I brought you the horrific story of Champ 2 (linked here) who was found shuffling down a street, starved – totally emaciated. He had a scrotum infection that was so bad, his rescuers thought he was a stallion. This poor boy is so compromised, his throat barely allows him to swallow and he is prone to choke. It probably couldn’t have gotten any worse for him…
And then he was found, turned over to SF SPCA and immediately swarmed with emergency vets, volunteers and do-gooders.
That was 8 days ago.
Today, he is still very, very sick. Champ continues to have bouts with choke. He is very weak.
But, the good news is that he has had IV fluids and antibiotics daily. He is re-eating voraciously (every 2 hours), he loves his baths, his infection is declining, he is perkier and he seems to really want to love his handlers.
Also, his blood panel came back and besides the obvious infection, his internal organs are still functioning well! So, if he has the will (and he doesn’t crash) he has the potential to regain himself!
*CORRECTION: His feet were trimmed and padded by the Rescue. They were very long upon arrival so he was trimmed and supported in the fronts. His previous owner did not care for his feet, either.
UPDATES FROM TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE WITH CHAMP
Here is an email I received from one of the volunteers at the SF SPCA
Hello: I volunteer at the ranch and I cannot explain fully how much love and work we put into these horses. Every single person that comes here does it on their own time and are truly there for the horses. None of us get paid and we do it out of our hearts. Champ has become much more alert and loves his baths that I give him. He eats all his meals with joy and is drinking quite well. He has made good friends with the pregnant mare and he looks like his strength is slowly coming back :) please please please donate as we are non-profit and we have over 65 horses, you can only imagine how much a healthy horse cost now imagine 65, most which are recovering, all which were abused. The expenses are over the top. Every amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you all for the donations!
AND ANOTHER EMAIL FROM A VOLUNTEER WITH CHAMP THAT I JUST RECEIVED:
Here is an update just in on Champ from his special friend, Crystal Foss:
Champ is doing better tonight then last night, he was eating food and hay during my visit with no choke, then he wanted to rest, but standing up while taking a snooze:) He is full of a will to live…Keep praying!!! God’s will be done, but think of the Glory if he survives and he can be a Poster Horse for all the ones no one ever gets to (in time) or ones yet to come in…Sweet dreams Champy! He is so beautiful!!
HIS NEW GIRLFRIEND, CONNIE
Besides helping with Champ’s ER bills, his infection, refeeding program and ALL THE OTHER 65 homeless and mistreated horses at SF SPCA, they have recently rescued a very special girl… Champ has met a new friend… the very pregnant CONNIE…
I will get her story! All I know is that she wanders over and visits him several times daily… and Champ has taken a shine to her. He ‘lights up’ when she comes over… Connie was also recently rescued and is severely underweight. Her due date is imminent. SF SPCA has promised to send a photo of her tomorrow. Let’s hope she delivers smoothly and that Champ and Connie survive to become longtime friends!
For Champ, Connie and all 65 horses in their care, Let’s help South Florida SPCA!
Please, if you can, donate your Starbucks money, couch change, carseat stash, countertop nickels, carwash quarters… to this guy. He deserves the pickmeup more than any of us! ;)
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Thank you to all our new friends that have been touched by Champ. As you know, we had let him go this morning. Tanya, Theresa and Laurie were with him to ease his transition. He was surrounded by love. The end when it came was very peaceful. I have to believe that Champ is now in a better place where he will no longer feel pain, hunger, thirst or fear. But he will feel all the love we, and you, have for him still.
So, so sorry to read now that Champ is gone. All those people who tried to help him must be heartbroken… along with his new friend Connie. I’m glad that Champ’s last days were filled with loving thoughts, gentle touches and delicious food. I know he was sent on his way a happy horse.
Ok,just got a good look at Champ on intake – SPCA must have trimmed his hooves,cause they were overgrown some on intake photo..
The Rescue sent a bunch of news reports about the seizure and in one it says that the area is known as a dumping ground for illegal slaughter. Oy. The good news is that one of the other starving horses from the Rescue, a preg mare Connie, adores him. They are friends now. I’ll have that story next. Hopefully, they will both make it.
Dammit Dawn,you’ve done it again — $25.00 on it’s way..
By the tracks in the sand,yes,it looks like he was shod,tho I can’t see any nails in the shot of Champ lieing down..
No identifing brands,implants tattoos I’d guess.. He couldn’t have gotten far-Google map might show horses in the area,even tho the pictures are old..