With all the drama we’ve had to put up with lately, I thought it would be a good time to do an update on a blog entry from about a month ago. Some of you will remember the horse `Buddy’, that got the PSA crowd all up in arms and calling for his immediate euthanization. We talked about it here: (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/to-save-or-not-to-save/) If you recall, Buddy was an owner surrender to Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary in California on July 19th. From his pictures, he was probably the most emaciated horse I have ever seen that was still functioning. Although he was given a full work-up by a veterinarian, the PSAs howled that he was being used to grab donations and was being made to suffer in the name of publicity. Here are a few pictures of Buddy to refresh your memories….
Clearly, Buddy was not long for this world on the day these pictures were taken. However, there was nothing systemically wrong with him and apparently the attending vet felt he was a candidate for rehabilitation. Naturally, the PSA crowd raised holy hell and bombarded this rescue’s Facebook page with their usual asshattery. NT stomped her hooves and screamed that Safe Haven should `grow a pair and put the animal down’. Is it just me or does NT seem to be very preoccupied with male genitalia? Anyhow, all of these rants and tantrums did not take into account one simple thing. `Buddy’ as an individual. Most horses in his condition probably wouldn’t make it. I’m sure Safe Haven realized this too and that is why they had a vet assess him immediately. With this expert advice, they decided to give this horse a chance. I’m sure that the horse’s attitude and demeanor factored in almost as heavily as his lab work. This was a horse that wanted to live. Before I give you an update on Buddy, let’s talk about the hypocrisy of the PSAs raising hell with this rescue. Look at the following picture and think about the uproar they would raise if a rescue posted about trying to rehab this horse…
Just like they did with Buddy, I’m going to guess that the PSAs would be accusing the rescue of making this horse suffer so it could be a `poster child’ and play on people’s sympathies for money. They would scream and holler to put him down immediately. Well, this picture is a few years old and this horse actually did become a poster child. He was one of four horses that were part of a pretty well-known abuse case in Montana. (http://www.inhumane.org/data/C&CHeydon.htm) This horse became a poster child for a rescue that the PSAs love and support. That would be Holy Theresa’s Willing Servants. No, she did not rescue the horse or even rehabilitate him. She did raise funds for him and try to adopt him though and as a result of what happened to Able and the other three horses involved, she began Willing Servants. That is outlined on the linked page and Holy Theresa had this to say:“This was THE horse and THE story that inspired me to start Willing Servants. Able.” Her motivation for trying to adopt him (she was not successful) was “I asked to be considered for his adoption so I could use him in my Cowkids For Christ program wher his story could be told over and over to teach and inspire children” How is that not wanting to use this horse for poster child and her own benefit? If you read the bottom of the linked page, you’ll find about the entire clusterfuck that ensued with these horses and probably one of the biggest reasons why Holy Theresa hates her local Humane Society. If you would like to make up your own mind about Holy Theresa’s motivations you can read this article (http://www.ravallirepublic.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_824cf1b4-379f-11df-b8a0-001cc4c03286.html) As for Able…..he turned out just fine.
Let’s get back to Buddy. It’s only been a little over a month since he was rescued, so he’s still got a long way to go. The good news is, he’s getting there. Buddy arrived at Safe Haven weighing only 515lbs. As of this weekend, Buddy is up to 615lbs and looking much better. He continues to be monitored closely by a veterinarian, with regular blood work and check ups. Safe Haven is working hard to bring Buddy back to health. Here are Buddy’s most recent pics:
I don’t know about the rest of you, but these pictures of Buddy make me happy. He’s made a lot of progress in a very short time and there is no reason to believe he won’t make it all the way back. So what if this rescue gets publicity for his rehab? I truly hope they do because they deserve it. They’re doing a wonderful job. Part of running a non-profit organization is getting donations and one of the ways you do that is through publicity. I have no problem with them sharing Buddy’s story. It also brings awareness about why we need stiffer penalties and better enforcement for animal cruelty laws. I guess the PSAs all think that rescues should only show healthy, fit horses that are ready to go into the show ring. That isn’t the reality of rescue. Another fact is that the availability of slaughter wasn’t going to change Buddy’s situation prior to his rescue. Just because there is no slaughter does not mean there are no kill buyers. Even when slaughter was available, people abused and neglected horses. It’s not a new phenomenon. The only differences between Buddy and Able’s story are that it doesn’t have the stamp of approval from a rescue that supports slaughter and he isn’t splashed all over the media. I should thank the PSAs though, because their hissy fit is what brought Buddy and his saviors to my attention and I love hearing about happy endings for neglected horses.