Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home criminally abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. So when they were asked by authorities to participate in a large neglect rescue, they did not hesitate to lend a helping hand. Afterward, they wrote to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation telling us, “The property was covered in trash with random manure piles throughout the property. There was no grain and available hay was covered with bird feces.”
The animals found were neglected to the point of emaciation, left with no food, standing in their own feces, urine and filth, fending for themselves. There was no clean water on the property. Among the animals there were two horses, two geese, two ducks, two chickens and a cat.
One of the horses was a 20-year-old male Appaloosa Gelding named Tank who was in desperate need of a re-feed program as he only had a body score of 2 out of 9. Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary had Tank examined and noticed drainage on his face. When his fly veil was removed, it was discovered he had a cloudy, seeping sunken eyeball. His owner was questioned about Tank’s eye and she informed the rescuers Tank had been poked in the eye by a hay stem while feeding, but she could not recall when it had happened.
Rescuers removed all animals, including Tank, from the property. Sadly, Tank was in so much pain he regularly lost his appetite and was laying on the stall floor much more than he should have been. He was immediately treated with two eye ointments including Bernadine, but the best permanent solution was to have his eye removed.
ISF was happy to provide a grant to pay a portion of Tank’s eye removal surgery. Follow up appointments showed Tank was recovering well and gaining his appetite back. He received lots of love and care and is now a much happier horse.
Fully recovered, Tank found his forever home through the networking of the rescue’s placement coordinator who does an exceptional job placing the animals with loving and caring people. ISF wishes Tank and his new owners a wonderful life and journey ahead.
Written by Popi Doukakis
Edited by Bob Stone