The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:
December 21, 2018
Generosity of spirit in the Season of Giving
I learned pretty early on in this rescue game there are certain words to avoid at all costs… Always and Never… as soon as the words “this donkey has never” come out of my mouth the donkey makes a liar out of me! Another phrase that has become indelibly marked in my brain is to “expect the unexpected.” This phrase came to mind about two weeks ago when a midnight call from the state police awakened Jeff and me. There was a stray horse in the yard of a woman in town! She took the horse into her barn for safe keeping and called the state police who called the rescue asking for our help.
Of course I said we would take this animal in. A few minutes later I get a call from the trooper asking if we have a truck and trailer to get the horse here! We do, but I am not mobile due to having a broken leg and messed up ankle and wearing a cast. I called one of our amazing volunteers shortly after midnight. He said he would be over ASAP and would go with Jeff to pick up the horse.
Fortunately the horse was very agreeable to walking right on to the trailer with only a lead rope around his neck. He was too weak to protest!! This poor horse was a walking skeleton. He has rain rot all over his body, an abscess on his face and hooves so long that they are affecting his posture. Due to our willingness to take him in we were now legally bound to hold on to him until his owner goes to court to face cruelty charges!
He has been seen by the State Veterinarian, who gave him a body condition score of 1.08. One being emaciated. Due to the legality of things we were unable to have our vet treat him other than doing what would keep him comfortable until we got the go ahead.
I know that Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue is for donkeys and mules in need, but there is no way I could say no to a short ear in need, especially at this time of year when generosity of spirit is in the forefront. I do realize that by taking this animal in and getting it started on a good nutrition program and having his medical issues addressed I have added more of a burden to the rescue’s financial status. Expect the unexpected.
We so appreciate the kindness and generosity of our loyal supporters and hope the fact that this animal is not a donkey or a mule does not upset anyone.
This is the second time in the history of the rescue that we have taken in a horse.
P.S. — We were happily surprised yesterday to have the soon to be new state vet, his assistant, another wonderful state trooper, and a representative from a well-known horse rescue in the state come to pick up the little horse yesterday. We wish you well Sweet Sisu!