Nester had been living in an area of Texas, surrounded by what had resembled a landfill for the last five years. Knowing the property was slated to flood during Hurricane Harvey, his owners didn’t care – they left their neglected and emaciated horse tied to one spot to face nature’s angriest moments alone. And as the waters rose, Nester’s body had nearly been submerged in the rising flood.
Rescuers from the Underdog Project, a nonprofit organization from Plano, Texas, had to make the difficult decision not to rescue the horse that night after hearing gunshots. As the waters receded, rescuers returned; they were determined not to give up. The next day the combative owner refused to surrender the horse, but faced with criminal animal abuse and neglect charges, the owner slowly began to change his mind. The battle for Nester’s safety still wasn’t over – when volunteers returned with a trailer, the horse’s owner pretended to have had a heart attack.
Forced to leave, but never about to give up on Nester’s life saving rescue, volunteers returned with the authorities. Had the horse not been removed from his abusive situation, he would have died. That night, Nester quietly walked into the trailer and never looked back.
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(Photos and video courtesy of the Underdog Project)
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