Sadly, there is no clear Framework Law in America that protects all animals in the U.S. territory.
Unfortunately, at this time, there is great ignorance concerning the needs of equines, and the unfair treatment they are often subjected to.
This story is about River, a horse that was found and rescued by César García.
The horse and his little one were walking near Grayson Road, in Modesto, California, United States.
The poor horse was lying on the ground in an awful condition, left by some merciless and cruel man.
Witnesses claim they didn’t know the history of the animal. They only saw a trailer full of horses, pulled by a dark-colored truck, followed by a gray minivan.
The horse had several open wounds on his body and looked really distressed, so Garcia called the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department right away to report the case and, within minutes, a few officers came at the site to help the animal.
The person in charge was nowhere around, yet, someone heard the story and instantly called Bobbie Carne, who has been helping and rescuing all kinds of animals for 20 years.
“It is typical for me to receive these types of calls when someone finds out about an animal in need. I’ve done a lot of rescues and I’ve seen some horrible things done to animals, so it’s not that much of a surprise to me anymore, ” he said.
Even with all of his experience, Carne could not believe what he witnessed. The condition of the horse was truly horrible. His face and side showed signs of having been tied up and dragged by the person who left him there.
“I was really almost at that point of no return. The horse was in a severe state when it arrived here and the blood test showed that it had been experiencing a prolonged state of hunger, ”the rescuer explained.
Dressed in pajamas, Carne joined the agents in the park and they began to devise a plan to provide River the help that he desperately needed. Another person who became aware of the situation returned to the scene with a double-wide trailer and together they somehow got the horse on his feet, load him onto the trailer, and took him to Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Turlock.
Dr. Rebecca Curry was in charge of treating his wounds, medicating and nurturing him at a constant but balanced rate, because feeding him too quickly could cause River to go into shock.
Both Carne and García shared the story on social media, encouraging huge support from internet users. Actually, for Riverbank’s Bryen Camden, the reaction was a determination: to give River a better life.
River has made an incredible recovery, step by step.
When she saw the post on social media, the woman who already has two rescued horses approached Carne and offered to take care of River once he got out of veterinary care.
For his part, Camden decided to keep the River name, but added Maximus, to symbolize the inner strength that River has demonstrated so far.
Luckily, thanks to García’s complaint and the quick action by the authorities, River has recovered successfully. He is now beautiful, strong and happy in his new home.
Share this story with your close ones and report any case of animal abuse. It’s one of the most efficient ways to stop this maltreatment.