A neglected horse in Durant, Mississippi, too weak to stand and who lived her life in a dog pen was rescued on Wednesday after authorities received a call about a neglected and malnourished horse.
According to the rescue group, Rocking R Ranch and Rescue, volunteers rushed to the salon where the horse was lying down and was told the following story:
“Her name is Sage. Her story is, well it’s a lot y’all. You can’t even make this mess up.
Really this is hard to even write. It’s just. So when she was a baby ( she’s 3 years old now) her mother was killed by “some hog dogs”. So they brought her in the house and bottle fed her. Somehow she survived all this and got to move outside to a DOG PEN. Not a fenced in area for dogs, a wire dog pen like you can buy at Tractor Supply.”
And the details concerning Sage continued:
“She has lived in a downtown residential area in this dog pen all her life. At some point today a limb fell on the pen, and she escaped! She made her way a couple of houses over into the backyard of a hair salon and was attempting to graze when she went down. From there we received the message asking for help. The owner was on the scene and stated, that she has been eating “half a bag of sweet feed mixed with crack corn, every day”. Ok. Police on scene, the vet will see her in the morning and the report will be forwarded to the police department to proceed with animal cruelty charges. The owner felt if he surrendered her that charges shouldn’t be pressed but that’s just not how this works. Jesus take the dog pen, we are outta here, with the horse.”
Sage is just three-years-old; her owner told Joy Reynolds, the rescue’s director, that Sage is fed “half a bag of sweet feed mixed with crack corn every day.”
On Thursday, Sage was on her feet.
“She’s tucked in for the night and is still up and doing well, munching on some alfalfa. She’s never been around another horse so imagine that joy when she realized there where others like her! Thank you for all the prayers, warm thoughts and donations toward her rehab. She has a ways to go but she has a chance at a normal life now.”
Animal cruelty charges are expected to proceed after Sage is examined by a veterinarian. Updates to follow.
(Photos of Sage the horse that lived in a dog pen from FB)
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