PER Rescues Colt Hanging In Barn

January 31, 2008

percolt.jpgA 5-month-old colt named “Miracle Man” was rescued by Panhandle Equine Rescue Tuesday when he was found suspended from the rafter in an attempt to get it off an injured leg.

“The owner thought she was helping the colt by getting it off of an injured leg. She failed to get proper medical care, so the colt was left alone the majority of the day and all night, hoisted up by ‘come-alongs’ without access to food and water,” said PER President Diane Lowery.

PER investigators received an anonymous tip about Miracle Man in the Cantonment area. The owner contacted a veterinarian at PER’s insistence. But the veterinarian was unable to do a complete exam because the horse’s owner could not afford the needed x-rays, according to Lowery.

The owner voluntarily surrendered the colt to investigators, and he was immediately taken to the veterinarian where he is currently hospitalized. Miracle Man suffered a variety of serious medical problems as a result of hanging from the makeshift sling, she said.

“The attending vet says his life can be saved, but he wouldn’t have lasted another day or two in the conditions he was living in,” Lowery said. “The vet reported to us this morning that he stood on his own all night and is eating and drinking.”

Donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of Miracle Man’s veterinarian bills. Donations can be mailed to Panhandle Equine Rescue, P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533. All donations are tax deductible.

Pictured above: Submitted photo of “Miracle Man”, a 5 month old colt rescued by Panhandle Equine Rescue. Click the photo to enlarge.

WARNING: Some readers may find the enlarged photo to be disturbing.


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