In mid-March 2010, Agent Amato from the NJ State SPCA contacted Mylestone again for help with an animal hoarder in Hunterdon County. The owner had two horses along with many other animals -- dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and others.
Adelaide when she first arrived at Mylestone.
The two horses had lived there for quite some time, and it was evident upon inspection with the SPCA and the police, that one mare had been seriously neglected. I removed her blanket which hid how skinny she truly was. However, not only was she starved, but she had badly deformed hooves from lack of farrier care. The mare with her was very dominant and was in better condition though she had problems with her hooves as well.
We went back with the vet for further evaluation a few days later. It was evident that the owner had serious problems. The horses lived in filth, without adequate shelter and food. I brought hay due to an impending snow storm, wanting to make sure the horses would have some food. We had to wait for the coggins tests to come back. The owner had agreed to give up the horses and we made plans to pick them up.
Image above and X-ray below show the extent of damage to Adelaide's left hind foot.
Colleen offered to trailer for us, and we were joined by Dr. Watson and a police officer. We headed to the farm where the owner signed over the horses. Considering the two mares hadn't been out of their small paddock for years, they walked right onto the trailer. A new home had already been found for the younger mare, and the older mare in poor condition, whom we named Adelaide, was coming to the farm.
Once unloaded, Adelaide was sedated by Dr. Watson for X-rays to determine the extent of the damage to her hooves and legs. Adelaide's left front and left hind hooves were deformed in such a way that she couldn't stand straight as seen in the X-ray. Our farrier Gil, came to work on Adelaide the next day. Adelaide was quite lame, but once he was finished trimming her hooves, she immediately started walking with greater ease.
At the time of her rescue, Adelaide needed to gain over 200 pounds and needed extensive farrier care over the next several months. Oftentimes, the horses from these types of cases require costly care as they recover. While she has improved, as you can see at left, she still needs to gain 100 pounds. Your donations to Adelaide will help us continue covering the costs of her care. Won't you please help Adelaide and donate today?
To learn more about Adelaide, please check out her profile page.