Mylestone Equine Rescue's President and Founder Susankelly Thompson was honored with the 2010 "Hero to Animals" award from the Animal Welfare Federation of NJ on Sunday March 21st.
At right, NJSPCA Agent Phil Amato with Mylestone Board Member Kelly Conklin, who accepted the award on behalf of Susankelly, who was unable to attend.
Susankelly was nominated for her work by the NJ State SPCA for her work in which she was given 30 days to place 8 horses from a cruelty case in Warren County. "Ensuring the horses got good home was a collaborative effort," says Thompson, “and included the invaluable help of Dr. Christina Watson of Califon Animal Hospital, professional trainer Joe Williams from Gillette, Colleen McDonald from Oxford, Susan Chruico from PA and many others who stepped in to help these horses and give them a second chance.” Mylestone is currently caring for one of the mares in offsite foster care with hopes of adopting her out.
This was Susankelly Thompson's second time receiving the "Hero to Animals" award from the AWFNJ. She received this honor back in 2002 for her dedication in helping Madeline, the pony with a broken leg, who was being offered for sale on the internet. Madeline is a current resident at Mylestone today, along with over 30 other rescue horses.
Susankelly recently worked with Agent Phil Amato from NJ State SPCA regarding an animal hoarder in Hunterdon County. Mylestone was able to place one of the mares directly into a new home, while the other mare has a long road to recovery. This mare, currently residing on the farm, is starved and has deformities to her hooves due to lack of farrier care for many years. Mylestone relies on public donations to care for the horses it takes in from these cruelty cases, and costs can accumulate very quickly in cases of severe neglect such as these. Thompson said "it was a real honor to receive this award, especially when you are doing work you love to do."
She also wished to thank her husband Bruce, her family, and all the dedicated board members, volunteers and supporters of Mylestone. Mylestone is NJ's oldest all breed horse rescue and has been helping horses for over 16 years. If you are new to our site, please read about us, learn more, and help out if you can - your help through donations and sponsorships is always appreciated.
Read about the first of two cruelty cases Mylestone worked on with the SPCA.