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Skeletal horse fighting for life after deplorable situation discovered

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A skeletal horse, starved to the very brink of death, is fighting for his life after a deplorable situation was discovered in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. On Wednesday, the Humane Society of Louisiana issued a release about the severely neglected horse, named “Miraj,” who was rescued this week.

The animal welfare agency wrote:

The 7 year old buckskin stud was in absolutely deplorable condition. Skin and bones, he was also housed and standing in incredible filth. Once the stall door was opened, the long-suffering animal was able to walk out and was eager for affection.

The organization added:

Miraj survived the night and at last report was still comfortable and eating some hay. We hope that this wonderful horse gets the chance he deserves at a happy life.

A man has been arrested in this sickening case of cruelty – according to the Humane Society, 32-year-old Kenneth D. Corley was arrested on Tuesday.

Horse in filth

According to the shelter, Miraj is fighting for his life at Kleinpeter Equine Veterinary Services. He is in very guarded condition and the next 72 hours will be critical.

Donations for this victim of blatant cruelty can be made here. 

(Images via Humane Society of Louisiana FB page)

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24 replies
  1. Nadya Wall-Rossi says:

    I’d love nothing more than to skin the owner alive, but I chose to share the story of this poor horse on Facebook and Twitter, begging for donations.

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    The Bastard that Did this NEEDS SHOT RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!!! NO FURTHER QUESTIONS ASKED !!! WE have three Buckskin Geldings… all Rescues… couldn’t have a gentler, more loving group if we tried. This is beyond deplorable… WHY DIDN”T SOMEONE REPORT THIS SOONER!!!

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  4. Debbie says:

    Praying for this precious horse….do you know how long it would take for a horse to get down to skin & bones…I pray he gets well and a loving family or person adopts him & loves him for the rest of his days….and I also pray that his previous owner gets what is coming to him…..jail for a long long time & to never be able to have animals again.

    • Cynthia Como says:

      Debbie it takes a long and painful time for a horse to get into this condition! It does NOT happen quickly. It truly is sickening and I will never ever understand why somebody chooses to just stop feeding their animal! So many times I’ve seen a SEVERLY emaciated animal belong to a very well nourished,plump owner! It’s despicable and depraved!

  5. Pamela Garlisch says:

    OMG I’ve never seen a horse in that bad of condition and be still alive! Hope he makes it! I hope the owner gets more than a slap on the wrist!

  6. pennysdachshunds says:

    The person that did this needs to be drowned in a SEPTIC TANK.. he must have taken some sort of deviate pleasure out of watching this poor , helpless animal suffer and struggle… it will be a miracle if the poor horse makes it…. what an EVIL INDICIDUAL

  7. Helen says:

    What kind of human inflicts such abuse and neglect on a living animal? I hope Miraj recovers and able to run free in a green pasture. Lock the POS owner in a cage without food, so he’ll feel the pain being starved.

  8. Cynthia Como says:

    The sight of Miraj practically drops me to my knees! Whenever I see an emaciated animal I immediately have to choke back my tears! There is nothing so cruely horrific than starvation,it is such a very slow and painful type of suffering. So immense is the suffering that I’m sure death is a blessing to those who have this kind of cruelty inflicted upon them! Sometimes even when rescued and treated medically death results! Starvation in animals gets to me like no other! I must say that if Miraj survives this torture I would be surprised,but I will hope and pray that Miraj will be one of the lucky ones. Horses are considered to be companion animals just like dogs and cats. MY GOD THIS THOROUGHLY BREAKD MY HEART! ANIMALS ABUSERS ARE A SPECIAL KIND OF EVIL,ALL IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN,AND HOW I WISH THAT THEY COULD BE EXTERMINATED FROM THIS WORLD LIKE THE LOW LIFE COCKROACHES THAT THEY ARE! THIS IS AN INTENTION ACT,WHILE THESE SCUM FEED THEIR OWN DISGUSTING FACES THEY CHOOSE TO NOT NOURISH THEIR ANIMALS AND THAT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND OF EVIL! OMG I HOPE MIRAJ WILL BE ABLE TO SURVIVE THIS HORRIFIC ABUSE! Here come the tears again!!!!

  9. vicki hood says:

    Miraj- God speed getting well and some flesh back on your skinny bony butt. Tears streaming my face for you. So sorry you ended up with this sick in the head creep who didn’t feed you. There is hope. Here in Roseburg Or. we had a similar cruelty. She was named Grace. When they got her out she wobbled almost falling. t first they wanted to euthanize her. She showed some spark just like you and was saved. They rated her at POINT 5. You keep that spunk up, baby. We all love you and want you well. Grace made it and as i remember it was because of good hay. She did have a problem in that she had eaten sand because of hunger so please have the vets check that just in case you might have eaten some foreign material to fill that knawing hunger.—-Prosecution for that thing that called himself your owner. No more owners, only companions who will love you and spoil you deeply. Our heart aches for you.

  10. Pennysdachshunds says:

    THIS is the MOST HORRIFIC CASE of ABUSE I have EVER seem !!!! The is beyond any abusive situation I have ever seen!!! I don’t think this poor animal can survive it!!! The person that did this is beyond abusive!!!

  11. Cynthia Como says:

    This horrific abuse of horses is VERY common in Texas,too many cases to count actually. I hate disparage Texas while they are trying to recover from a disaster named Harvey…..BUT this is what so many horses have endured in the state of Texas…..and obviously elsewhere too! It truly is beyond heartbreaking and Susispot is right,it will take a lot of specialized care and a miracle for Miraj to overcome this!

  12. Darla says:

    This is the worst case of horse starvation I’ve ever seen. I wish they would starve the owner to the brink of death and then give him just a morsel of food so that he’s begging and screaming for more.

  13. Red says:

    I hope this worthless, useless, excuse of a human is made to pay. Horses are absolutely beautiful and majestic and what he did to this poor gorgeous soul needs to be accounted for. He should be locked up for a minimum of 10 years, fined a minimum of $10,000 and banned from every owning or living in a home or property with animals.


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