Equine Advocates will soon welcome a new resident to the sanctuary. On July 25th, we received a frantic call about a badly neglected 19-year-old Thoroughbred gelding who was awaiting the final ride of his life. He was about to be shipped from a Pennsylvania kill pen to a slaughterhouse in Mexico. Given the life and death emergency facing this poor guy, we agreed to provide “CJ” with a forever home here at the sanctuary. However, before that could happen, he had to first be moved from the kill pen to a quarantine facility where he will remain for a period of no less than 30 days. After that time, if it is determined by a veterinarian that he is free of any contagious diseases, we will transport him to Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY where he will undergo a thorough examination and evaluation, including x-rays, so we will know exactly how to manage his care when he arrives at Equine Advocates. Barring any serious problems or complications, we expect him to arrive here in early September.
“This is yet another example where those responsible for starving and neglecting their horses are rewarded for their bad behavior by selling them to slaughter and making money, rather than being fined and charged with animal abuse,” said Equine Advocates President Susan Wagner. “I hope that we can find out how this horse ended up in a kill pen. CJ had a high fever when he got to quarantine which has since been reduced to normal after receiving two shots of strong antibiotics. It is also apparent that he has not received dental care in a very long time since his grain falls from his mouth as he tries to chew it. His feet and hooves have also been severely neglected. Our hope is that all the health issues he has will be diagnosed before he gets here so that he can be treated for them and continue down the road to recovery.”
Those caring for CJ at the quarantine facility describe him as “a love bug.” As far as those of us at Equine Advocates are concerned, we cannot wait to welcome him to Chatham and provide him with the love and care he deserves for the rest of his life.
Please stay tuned for updates about CJ and his arrival here next month.