Horse falls upside down into mechanic’s pit

In Lublin, Poland, a 30-year-old horse fell upside down into a mechanic’s pit in her owner’s garage this week while searching for potatoes to eat. Baska, the mare, followed her nose into the garage and when she stepped on the wooden planks covering the pit, the wood broke and down tumbled Baska – on her back.

According to the Daily Mail, Baska’s 75-year-old owner, Jan Adamiak heard “heartbreaking” neighs coming from the garage and when he went to investigate was shocked to find his beloved mare stuck so tightly she could barely move.

“She was screaming so loudly and desperately that my heart was tearing apart,” Adamiak stated.

The local fire department and neighbors quickly came over to help. They arranged ropes underneath her in order to pull her out and poured water over her body to make it easier for her to be maneuver while lifted out of the tight space. When she is finally safe, the lucky mare only suffered minor injuries to her side.

 

When interviewed, Adamiak was ecstatic and relieved telling everyone his horse was making a full recovery and seemed to have let her harrowing experience fall quietly into her past. As usual, Baska was roaming the yard looking for food. (Stay away from those potatoes girl!)

(Photos of horse that fell upside down via screenshots from Cen via DM)

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Missing miniature therapy horse found alive on roof after Japan’s floods

A missing miniature therapy horse was found alive on Monday after having been stranded on a roof as floodwaters swept through Japan’s Mabicho district of Kakehashi. The nine-year-old mare had been part of the animal therapy program at the Life Town Mabi senior citizen care facility.

According to the Japan Times, the nursing home staff had to release the miniature horse named  Leaf  and her one-year-old colt, Earth, once the torrential rains forced evacuation of the facility. The horses had been missing for days and assumed having drowned by home’s staff, however Leaf’s caretaker, Mari Tanimoto, 49, had no intentions of giving up and hoped the horses survived by swimming to higher ground.

And then came quite the unexpected turn of events.  As the water receded, Peace Winds Japan, a non profit rescue team  were stunned when they spotted a miniature horse standing on the roof of a private home completely covered in mud. As the rescuers were making plans to get her down from the roof, Leaf  lost her footing and fell six-and-a-half-feet to the ground. The lucky little one only suffered minor injuries to her one leg and was helped up to her feet. No one knows how Leaf ended up on the roof since the floodwaters never reached that level.

It was an emotional reunion for Mari when Leaf was reunited. The horse has been extremely popular with everyone and is known to have 50 to 60 visitors coming every weekend to visit with her. Sadly, an update on Earth was heartbreaking:

“West Japan heavy rain today, I checked at kurashiki adult disease center, and I found another horse that was missing (the son earth of a protected leaf yesterday) was found in a dead state. In this heavy rain, many animals were also sacrificed. I wish you all the rest of the earth. Your Photo is from your followers.”

More than 170 people have been confirmed dead after the torrential rains caused widespread flooding and landslides along with many animals and pets.

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Salt River abandoned newborn foal rescued has stolen our hearts

In Mesa, Arizona, an abandoned newborn foal was rescued on Tuesday by the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. According to organization’s Facebook page, local teens called the hotline after finding the premature foal.

“A call to our hotline yesterday resulted in our fieldteam rushing out Coon Bluff, where a couple of kids had found a tiny newborn all alone and unable to get up. After finding out from an alert bystander that the tiny baby had already been there for at least 6 hours without a mare, we rushed it to the hospital (since newborns can die quickly without receiving mothersmilk in triple digit temparatures). The rest of our fieldteam stayed behind to search for a possible mother.”

Although the foal had been dehydrated, underweight; a foal his age should weight 66 pounds and overheated, his laboratory tests came back within the normal ranges.

“He is not septic and has no broken bones. He weighs only 33 pounds and cannot regulate his own temperature,” the group posted.

Video #1

The foal requires around the clock care, and this little guy sleeps a lot, but wakes up every hour because he’s hungry. He has already stolen hearts.

“We are extremely busy with many important projects right now and we are in urgent need of donations to carry on our important work.
He does not have a name yet, so we will be holding a contest to name him, for everyone who would like to become his monthly sponsor.
That will be our first post tomorrow morning, because the little guy has woken up for his feeding and we have to go now.

The foal’s mother has not been found, and there have been no other horses in the area where he was discovered. He is the smallest horse the team has ever rescued. There is an estimated 100 horses that live along the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. When federal officials tried to remove the herd that have freely roamed the area for 100 years, a firestorm of outrage emerged and since then legislation has been passed to protect the herd.

Check out this little guy’s progress. Too cute video #2

The foal, who has now bonded with humans, will live out his life at the SRWHMG sanctuary in Prescott.The group is seeking donations for the horse’s care. Sponsors will have an opportunity to name the horse. More information is available here.

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Update #2: Thurston horse accidentally severed own tongue

In Yelm, Washington, authorities have been investigating whether a Thurston’s horse’s tongue was severed in an accident or if it had been intentionally cut out. The horse named Annie had to be humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.

The initial necropsy report posted two days later on the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department Facebook stated a forensic veterinarian determined Annie’s preliminary results indicated intentional trauma – someone cut out her tongue on purpose. In another update, according to the organization’s Facebook page, Annie accidentally cut her tongue herself:

“Update on Annie: several veterinarians looked at the injury to her tongue and a necropsy was performed. This was a first for all of the vets and for the Sheriff’s Office. After considerable deliberation and several expert opinions, this injury is determined to be an accident. Annie was not maliciously assaulted.”

Annie had been an extremely friendly horse and would approach anyone. Annie’s owner found the horse in her backyard without her tongue; which had been found nearby. Rest in peace sweet horse.

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Update: Thurston horse found with tongue cut out done intentionally

In Yelm, Washington, authorities have been investigating whether a horse’s tongue was severed in an accident or if it had been intentionally cut out. On Wednesday, the horse named Annie had to be humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.

A necropsy report completed on Thursday and posted on the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department Facebook stated a forensic veterinarian determined Annie’s preliminary results indicated intentional trauma – someone cut out her tongue on purpose. There was a clean cut from the very base of her tongue. Furthermore, the horse’s teeth had been degraded at the back of her mouth, and it would have been impossible for her to have bitten off her tongue. Additional lab work and x-rays are still pending.

Annie had been an extremely friendly horse and would approach anyone. On Tuesday, Annie’s owner found the horse in her backyard without her tongue. As of Wednesday, it was inconclusive if the horse had been mutilated on purpose or yanked out accidentally in a deliberate act. Thurston County sheriff’s deputies stated it would have taken three or four people to hold her down. Annie’s tongue was found in a nearby pasture.

Rewards totaling $3,000 have been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in this horrific case of possible animal abuse. Contact nastanc@co.thurston.wa.us or call 360.584.5560. You can also call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or www.P3Tips.com.

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Horse found with tongue cut out euthanized

In Yelm, Washington, authorities are investigating whether a horse’s tongue was severed in an accident or if it had been intentionally cut out. On Wednesday, the horse named Annie was humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.

According to Fox News, Annie had been an extremely friendly horse and would approach anyone. On Tuesday, Annie’s owner found the horse in her backyard without her tongue. As of Wednesday, it was inconclusive if the horse had been mutilated on purpose or yanked out accidentally in a deliberate act. Thurston County sheriff’s deputies stated it would have taken three or four people to hold her down. A necrospy to determine the exact cause is expected to be available on Thursday.

Deputies described another case of animal abuse nearby recently that causes concern the cases may be connected. A still alive, emaciated sheep was discovered stuffed into two plastic garbage bags. No suspects were ever found.

Rewards to $3,000 have been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in this horrific case of possible animal abuse. Contact nastanc@co.thurston.wa.us or call 360.584.5560. You can also call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or www.P3Tips.com.

Rest in peace Annie.

(Photo of horse with her tongue cut out via Thurston County Sheriff’s Department)

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In Clonmel, in  the county town of County Tipperary, Ireland, authorities are investigating a disturbing viral video posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon that showed an exhausted Shetland pony being dragged down a country road.

According to the The Sun, the footage posted by witness Aneta Kopec, at the scene of the apparent animal cruelty situation, showed the small pony collapsing as it had been towing a cart carrying two teens. The two kids released the pony from its cart, but tried over and over again to get the heat-exhausted animal back on its feet. When the pony collapsed again, a third person grabbed the pony by the tail to lift him up.

“i hope the poor pony is dead now, this way it will never suffer again and can run free behind the rainbow bridge,” Aneta wrote below the video she posted.

When the woman confronted the teens, they threw large stones at her and her 11-month-old baby in her vehicle. She then called the authorities.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is investigating and has renewed its call for regulation of all horse-drawn vehicles used on public roads.

“The pony was under serious pressure going up the hill, they should have gotten off the cart and helped the horse rather than driven it into the ground,” County Council Pat English stated.

The police are appealing for witnesses to this terrible incident.

As for the pony’s condition, the Deise Animal Sanctuary reported the pony has not been seized from the owner.

went out last night at eleven o clock to see the pony which was a fallebella it was on his feet and checked the pony for cuts , bollocked the lads for the state of the way they treated the pony , offered to take the pony away but was declined,, garda had also attended and checked the pony themselves,cruelty will keep on going while there is no law to stop it.and before anyone comments on what do i know about the pony, i was head of trading standards in south wales for animals health and welfare qualifications are real.pat.”

Warning – very disturbing; the video can be viewed here or here.

(Photos and video of  exhausted pony that collapsed via The Sun, and Facebook)

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Good Samaritans lead spooked horse on highway to safety

In Houston, Texas, a spooked horse running down a busy highway on Monday was brought to safety by good Samaritans. While we all love horses and love to brag about their intelligence, these beautiful creatures are prey animals – thus the flight instinct that can get any equine in danger- especially on a busy city thoroughfare.

And as the story goes, according to the original video recorded by Stephania Lipp and her partner Jesse Mattison, the saddled mare spooked after her owner dismounted. When Stephania and her family merged onto Highway 69, they spotted the horse running along the freeway. A woman driving in another vehicle was able to grab the horse’s reins out of the passenger window and lead her off the highway.

“They just saved the horse’s life,” Mattison stated in the video.

The couple followed the vehicle that rescued the horse and spotted the owner of the horse speaking with police. The mare had been spooked by an apparent street noise and escaped from her handler.

(Photo of spooked horse running down highway freeze shot via Stephania Lipp video)

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In a bizarre incident, a foal managed to get stuck between boulders with his head stuck in a crevice and his legs upside down stretched into the air. The incident occurred in Aktau, Kazakhstan [ located on the east bank of the Caspian Sea] and the video of the daring rescue was published by the Lada.kz news.

The video begins with the young horse groaning as he lies helpless in his upside down position. His rescuers tie ropes around one of the boulders and use an SUV to pull the huge rock. One of the men then pushes the rock until it tumlbes away. In moments the foal rolls over onto his feet and although he seems a bit wobbly, shakes himself off and walks away.

It is not known if the young horse suffered any injuries, but nonetheless, isn’t it amazing he survived and rescuers were there to help?

(Photo and video via Lada.kz news)

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In another “hard to believe this really did happen” situation, a grandmother was shocked when a neglected pony was delivered to the garden of her home after her 13-year-old granddaughter rescued the free pony advertised online.

According to the ITV Report, the young skinny and mite-covered colt was abandoned at the back of a home in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent after the teen gave her grandmother’s address for delivery. When the grandmother discovered the pony, she didn’t know what to do and notified World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA for help.

“You couldn’t make this up!,” Charlotte Melvin of the RSPCA stated. “A 13-year-old girl responded to a plea on an online free ads site where a lad said she didn’t want money anymore and that he would be put to sleep if no one had him. She [the teen] gave her nan’s address and the next think that happened was a man just came along and dumped the pony there, no words of advice or anything like that – and leaving a very shocked nan.”

The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare are now asking for the public’s help to find out who is responsible for just abandoning an animal in someone’s garden.

Fortunately for the pony, now named Mr. Melvin Andrews, he has been transferred to the Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Center where he has already convinced everyone caring for him that he is a lovely little guy and there will be a home for him someday where no one will ever neglect or abandon him.

The RSPCA currently has 928 horses in their care – this year the number of rescued horses has reached a four-year high. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300.123.8018 or 08000.480.180.

(Photos by RSPCA)

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