On New Year’s Day, someone called the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division to report their horse had died. Closed for the holiday, the OKC-AWD said they would go out on Friday to clear the body. Imagine their horror when they arrived to find a horse very much alive, but terribly injured. His owner hadn’t bothered to check to see if he was still alive, and had simply left him tangled in barbed wire. While trapped, dogs had attacked him, chewing off his ears and leaving multiple wounds all over his face and body. The details of his injuries are so graphic, I can’t bring myself to list them all.
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Even when told that his horse was still alive, the owner didn’t want to take on the veterinary costs and signed the horse over to OKC-AWD. It was then that Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue stepped in. Rudy, as his rescuers named him, immediately showed signs of his strong spirit and will to live. “If Rudy is willing to fight to survive, then we will certainly fight with him and give him the second chance he deserves,” writes Natalee Cross on a fundraising page to support his rehabilitation.
The public response was overwhelming. The Blaze’s Tribute was hoping to raise $8,000 to help pay for Rudy’s needs, but received over $20,000 in funds and donations of horse blankets, alfalfa cubes and other treats. These generous gifts will go towards Rudy’s recovery, but also help support the other 136 horses in the their care.
In the month since Rudy arrived, he has made great strides in his recovery. His wounds are healing, and the latest update on the Blaze’s Tribute Facebook page shows him outside enjoying the cool air. He is down to only one leg in bandages, and although he can’t yet join in, he loves to watch the other horses play.
Rudy’s story begins horrifically, but we at SF Globe are moved by his spirit and by the generosity of everyone who has pitched in to give him a second chance on life.
You can keep up with Rudy’s recovery on the Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue Facebook page.