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Police Who Find A Pony Tied To A Tree Are Heartbroken To Discover Why He Won’t Turn Around

In late September 2017, Spain’s Easy Care Horse Rescue Centre (ECHRC) received a phone call from the local Almoradí police. Authorities were concerned about an abandoned horse in Algorfa, a small city on the country’s southeastern coast.
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Rescuers arrived shortly after to find the animal in worse shape than they expected. He’d been tied to a tree and left without a lick of food or a drop of water for who knows how long. But that wasn’t even the worst of it…
Upon closer inspection, rescuers spotted many signs of neglect. The pony’s ribs protruded from his sides, his back legs weren’t moving properly, and he was severely dehydrated. Strangest of all, he wouldn’t look at them; he refused to take his head out of a bush.
This animal had obviously faced a great deal of stress and abuse, so wouldn’t he be curious to see if someone had come to his rescue? That was when authorities realized exactly why wouldn’t move…
Flies swarmed the area, and with two seemingly infected eyes, the horse’s face had been a prime target for the pests. It seemed he’d been keeping his head in the bush so that the bugs couldn’t land on his face and torture him. This just broke his rescuers’ hearts.
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ECHRC wrote on its Facebook page that whoever abandoned the horse “likely just tied him to a tree and left him. He has survived starvation, dehydration, standing out in the full sun, everything. He deserves everything in the world that we can give him and more.”
But would it even be possible to give this horse a normal life? Rescuers determined he was 20 years old—no spring pony—and it was obvious that he could hardly walk in a straight line.
Rescuers assessed his injuries once he was back at the shelter. Both eyes were infected, but the left was so badly injured that it was likely blind. With such a long list of problems, the poor horse had a long road ahead of him. Still, the rescue team wouldn’t give up.
EHCRC’s rescuers put the horse in a stable where he chowed down, “probably thinking he’s gone to heaven.” Veterinarian Dr. Dorothea Dudli von Dewitz didn’t have good news, however: the pony’s injuries were worse than they’d thought.
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The doctor, armed herself with an X-ray machine and pointed it right at the horse’s back. That’s when she spotted a previously unseen injury with a horrifying origin. This, it would seem, was the true reason he hadn’t looked his rescuers in the eyes…
At some point in the horse’s bleak past, he’d suffered a blow that broke two vertebrae in his neck. The poor guy couldn’t lift his head even if he’d wanted to—not with the condition his neck was in.
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The neck injury also explained the horse’s strange gait and, potentially, the damage to his eyes as well. Soon, the horse’s backstory crystallized. Most likely, he’d been struck, handicapped, and then abandoned.
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Thankfully, the ECHRC team was committed to making the horse feel welcome and loved. “He is a special needs pony,” ECHRC wrote on Facebook, “but the good news is his condition shouldn’t deteriorate any further now that he has proper care.”
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Along with a wealth of medical procedures, rescuers at ECHRC provided the horse with everything he needed: food, water, and love. Within days of his rescue, he was actually able to lift his head to nuzzle his saviors. Still, something was missing…
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After all the horse had been through, he needed a name! The center mulled over possible monikers and received plenty of input from its Facebook fans. Names that celebrated his courage and coloring—like Trooper and Coco—were suggested. But ECHRC had a better idea…
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After a few days, ECHRC finally settled on a name: Fudge. “It was a tough choice,” the rescuers wrote on Facebook, “but we felt Fudge suited this little fellow perfectly.” What better name for a sweet, brown horse? Now, Fudge could officially leave his old life behind.
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As of October 2017, one month after Fudge was first found, he’d made great progress towards recovery. “He’s gaining weight. He’s certainly a lot stronger and much more lively,” the rescuers said. “He gets about much better now than he did.”
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Unfortunately, Fudge wouldn’t get to enjoy a home on the range. “It is highly unlikely Fudge will ever leave the rescue center,” ECHRC founder, Sue Weeding, said. But that wasn’t a problem since Sue and her team couldn’t get enough of their little horse!
“We believe that when you love an animal, you fight to save it,” ECHRC wrote on its website. “They may be old crocks and broken down and disabled, or whatever, but for the abuse they’ve suffered and survived, they deserve a second chance.” Fudge, of course, was no exception…
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Fudge had one hoof in the grave when rescuers found him. But thanks to the hard work and passion of animal rescuers, this beautiful horse gets a second chance to live. And just like Sue Weeding, Victoria Goss’s life was dedicated to horses.
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What she accomplished in the past 40 years defied all odds… In 1975, Victoria founded Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. While there were animal rescue organizations all over the world, none were quite like this one.
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That was because Victoria was determined to fight for horses threatened by the racing industry. When a nurse mare gives birth, it’s for the sole purpose of breeding a racehorse. If those foals don’t become racehorses, they are neglected, abused, or left to die.
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Victoria had always been passionate about her work, but her journey really began when she was just 12 years old. Some might say it was a very young age to take on such a big responsibility, but Victoria always knew she wanted to help horses.
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In a turning point she’d never forget, young Victoria used a her own hard-earned money to take in a horse in need, saving it from the brink of death. “It really stuck with me,” Victoria recalled. “I paid $50 for it, which is all I had in my bank account.”
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Victoria realized that she couldn’t stop with just one horse. “[I] fattened him up, got him back where he was healthy… and sold him to a neighbor for $100. And I put that money in a coffee can for the next horse that needed help,” she said.
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Luckily for the horses that she cared for, Victoria’s determination only became stronger each day—even if she had to make sacrifices to continue her mission. It was tireless work, but she never stopped.
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Victoria’s dedication always paid off whenever she saw her foals and horses thrive after being rescued. They could finally recuperate in peace and hopefully find a loving forever home once they became stronger.
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Victoria worked with a number of kindhearted folks who would volunteer at the farm, but the visitors she really loved were the ones who adopted one of her horses! Here, a lucky mare named Daisy posed with her new owner.
Last Chance Corral would rescue and re-home between 150 and 200 nurse mare foals each year! While that number may seem staggering, there was still a lot of work to do that Victoria simply couldn’t accomplish alone.
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Adoptive families were an integral part of Last Chance Corral’s success. There may not have been as many people ready or able to adopt a horse as, say, a dog, but Victoria believed that for every horse, there was somebody willing to take them in.
As passionate as Victoria was about her important work, she’d likely be the first to admit that it was no picnic. Horses require a great deal of time and energy to care for, after all, and the organization had little funding.
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That was why Victoria appreciated help wherever she could get it. The organization “accept(s) volunteers seven days a week,” she said, but that was easier said than done when the job mostly involved “shoveling poop.”
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While there have been plenty of people willing to put the work in—and those people sometimes traveled hours to get to the farm—most of the responsibility still fell on Victoria herself.
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Luckily, Victoria’s tireless efforts did not go unnoticed. For example, in 2001, she received an award from the American Veterinary Medical Association for her efforts in promoting animal welfare.
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Over the years, Victoria found ways to keep her life with the horses from becoming too hectic. “Being old, I need a little rest once in a while,” she explained. Yet even during those breaks, her love for horses shined through in her hobbies, like drawing!
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Victoria’s efforts have saved the lives of countless horses over the years, but they’ve also taken a toll on her body. With age, her work has only become more difficult. Still, she kept doing it; her passion simply wouldn’t let her rest.
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As much as she loved them, Victoria didn’t keep every horse that stayed at the corral with her. Nothing seemed to give her more satisfaction than when they were adopted by other horse-lovers!
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Perhaps the most important thing to remember about the Last Chance Corral is that it wasn’t just a place for people to adopt horses. Victoria was literally saving lives, and it was that legacy she’d leave behind long after she was gone.
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