Horse Abandoned With No Food, Water Seized By Animal Control, Rescue Group

February 13, 2015

An abandoned horse was rescued  in Molino by Escambia County Animal Control and Panhandle Equine Rescue.

The mustang “was abandoned at a vacant property with no food or water, so authorities had to step in and remove him,” said Diane Lowery, PER president. He was evaluated by a local veterinarian after being transported PER’s facility in Cantonment.

“He will have to be fed small amounts of grain for several days, but should fully recover,” Lowery said of the horse that has been named “Smarty”.

The only horse rescue in Escambia County, Panhandle Equine Rescue was founded by a small group of concerned citizens with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and provide adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned equines. PER is authorized by the court system to investigate equine cruelty in Escambia County.

For more information on Panhandle Equine Rescue and how to donate to the organization visit The group is specifically seeking donation’s to help with Smarty’s care.

Pictured: A rescued Mustang named “Smarty” exhibited visible signs of hunger. Photos for, click to enlarge.


12 Responses to “Horse Abandoned With No Food, Water Seized By Animal Control, Rescue Group”

  1. Dennis on February 14th, 2015 11:16 am

    PER is authorized by the court system to investigate equine cruelty in Escambia County.
    This is great. If you are not to keen on having LEO’s come investigate some horse’s situation call these people!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bob's Brother on February 14th, 2015 9:03 am

    If you’d like to donate to PER, it’s easy.

    Click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser. There is a “Donate” link
    to donate with paypal, (as we’ve done) Or you can find their address on the site and send them a check. $40.00 will buy about 3 sacks of food or about 7 bales
    of hay.

  3. chris in Molino on February 13th, 2015 9:16 pm

    Whomever owns it should have the same neglect done to him. Dicipline/and or the fear thereof is the only tried n true tool that works.

  4. SAra E on February 13th, 2015 6:13 pm

    This makes me so sick and mad I had some neighbors who had a horse my child use to feed it through the fence. When I asked the people If I could have it they became angry and told me to buy one….My child stopped feeding it through the fence it later finally died a few months later.

  5. Sage 2 on February 13th, 2015 6:02 pm

    There has to be a record or knowledge of ownership, thus responsibility for taking care of this creature. C’mon folks let the authorities know so justice can be swift. This horse was left to die.
    In the meantime, find a suitable cell to put those responsible. I’d say 6X6X6, concrete floor and a trough for feeding these slugs a little slop everyday and a little water.
    Don’t need to treat ‘em too good!

  6. Fred on February 13th, 2015 5:52 pm

    I’m sending a check. if we all send a few dollars, it will be a big help.

  7. Susan on February 13th, 2015 4:25 pm

    I’m sure Panhandle Equine Rescue could use donations. It must be expensive to feed and give vet care.

  8. Walnut Hil on February 13th, 2015 1:28 pm

    Looks like a pretty nice little horse. People do awful things to animals. Please donate to PER if you are able. They do a great job. And it’s a heart-wrenching job. God bless them.

  9. haley on February 13th, 2015 9:59 am

    So glad Smarty is being taken care of. Glad we have the Equine Rescue Group. Ive seen so many instances, especially around this area where horses are kept in dirt pins with no grass or shelter. It breaks my heart…..

  10. EMD on February 13th, 2015 9:03 am

    How oh how, can human beings DO such horrible things to animals? So so sad.

  11. horse lover on February 13th, 2015 8:57 am

    Thank god people are not afraid to speak up and help animals.I own horses and it breaks my heart to see this. People are heartless these days. How can you walk off and leave something as beautiful as that baby and don’t look back. I hope the owner gets what they deserve. Shame on you who ever you are. I bet youre not going without food or water. I hope this baby gets a loving home he deserves.

  12. Audrey on February 13th, 2015 12:44 am

    This is so sad. I’m glad he was rescued.

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