Little Freddie Mercury -Abused, Neglected and sent to livestock auction severely disabled...
UPDATE July 3:
Our sweet little boy - Freddie - has passed. Before I tell you the story - I want everyone who contributed to know I will be contacting you today or tomorrow to deliver a refund. It's important for SAFER to do this as I want our public to feel confident that their money is used for what was requested. There will surely come another time when we will need support for a special case.
I drove Freddie out to the Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center on the far side of Sacramento yesterday. (http://www.lbemc.com). I had spoken with several of the mini breeding farms in Northern CA and this hospital was recommended by several. They were indeed very knowledgeable! They have developed protocols that adapt methods for dogs that are effective for the smaller mini horses as well. That was what we were after. After extensive xrays done while he was on his back (sedated) they delivered the astonishing news: Freddie had been in that condition for many many months - possibly a year or more. The surgery that might have helped him was no longer an option since his entire joint had worn away. The only remaining surgery that they could offer would leave him with a good half year of recovery and only the ability to walk a bit better. Our path was sadly clear; the essential issue being that the quality of life for a three legged dog or cat is great - but that just does not work for a horse, even a little one. We tried..... This facility has a lot of young doctors who are gaining cutting edge surgical training. I was asked if they might, after his death, use him to perform the operation they would have suggested if he was a candidate - in order to train the next generation of vets. So perhaps he was not euthanized at the auction so that his death could help many more little horses get a surgery that would help them live. I like to think....
SAFER went to auction Fri 29th - it was dire - but that is the next story.. This is a one time shot to see if anything can - or should - be done for this poor little mini. He requires more $$ than SAFER can dedicate to one little horse. We need to make a decision by Monday morning. We cannot leave him like this. He was purchased at Escalon Auction Fri 29th at 10pm. He is very beat up and ALSO has a dislocated hip. He was in the ring with his hind feet dragging. SAFER bought him and asked that he be put down ASAP. ... "But the hangman wasn't hanging - so they put him on the street"- (Steely Dan). Literally they could not find the shooter. So the next morning they gave him to us and he rode home in the glove compartment (empty tack room). I called a vet to put him down but then discovered , unlike a full sized horse, a mini MIGHT have a chance at a good life IF the hip can be put back! I will probably take some flack for this but I decided to send out this message asking donors to donate for a Freddie Fund. If we can raise it by Monday - if our supporters think it's the right thing to do - I want to give him that chance.
To see his story go HERE and click on right side of each pic.
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