One neglected animal is one too many. When there are 19, it can feel overwhelming.
Shortly after dawn yesterday morning, at the request of the District Attorney General for Tennessee’s 25th Judicial District, our nine Red Star team members along with Fayette County Animal Control, sheriff’s deputies, a local veterinarian and volunteers deployed to a private facility in Whiteville, Tennessee to rescue and transport 19 allegedly abused animals – 18 horses and one mule – to a temporary shelter.
Due to starvation and extreme neglect, 15 of the 18 rescued horses are currently in critical condition. Sadly, at least five other horses are known to be dead. Our team discovered that the animals were so hungry, they had stripped the bark off the trees on the property, hoping to get what nutrients they could.
Two of the horses are on IV fluids, and the rest are being calmed and fed while Red Star team members work to get them strong enough for eventual placement with a long-term facility. Volunteers will feed, groom and care for these wonderful animals with the help of medical treatment by Dr. Jennifer Dunlap, a local veterinarian who has worked with Red Star before. Dr. Dunlap has even graciously agreed to adopt one of these horses.
Josh Cary, a Red Star staff member has deployed with the team countless times, and said these are some of the worst conditions he’s ever seen. He said that many of the horses were just “skin and bones.”
“It’s just heartbreaking to see how scared and malnourished these animals are,” said Dr. Dunlap. “From foals to adults, their condition is critical.”
This is the second time in as many years Red Star has deployed to Fayette County. In 2012, we responded to take care of 141 hungry, thirsty and frightened dogs rescued from the back of a U-Haul trailer.
Sadly, we know that this will not be the last time our Red Star team deploys to help in a suspected cruelty case like this.
Please make a donation today so that our team members have the resources to work day and night to rehabilitate these animals so they are strong enough to eventually move on to long-term care – and so that we can continue to be there for all animals in need.