Supporters rally to help Rudy in fight for his life

Rudy all bandaged up and on the road to recovery.
Rudy all bandaged up and on the road to recovery.

Rudy has already proved himself to be a great equine battler. He is fighting back from horrific injuries in Oklahoma, with a growing band of supporters watching and praying that his recovery will continue.

Rudy sustained horrific injuries while tangled in a fence.
Rudy sustained horrific injuries while tangled in a fence.

He survived for many hours hopelessly tangled in a barbed wire fence, and suffered terrible injuries, apparently from other animals chewing on him.

A fundraising effort on youcaring.com to raise $US8000 toward the extensive veterinary care and rehabilitation he requires has already soared to $14,796, with 28 days remaining.

That is no surprise, given the harrowing circumstances of Rudy’s story.

Rudy came to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division when it received a phone call from an individual asking that staff come out and remove a dead horse on New Year’s Day.

Since it was closed for the holiday, they told him that they would be out on Friday.

Animal welfare staff arrived on the scene to find a horse still very much alive and completely tangled up in a fence, with his ears chewed off and multiple wounds and injuries.

Rudy was signed over to the welfare division. He was released from the fence and taken to the division headquarters, where they called Dr Charlotte Kin with Exclusive Equine Veterinary Services.

Kin walked into the barn to find a horse with a lot of blood on his face, no ears and severe wounds all over.

“Although Rudy was in horrific condition, he neighed to her,” said Natalee Cross, of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue Inc, which now has the job of rehabilitating Rudy.

“Rudy knew he was going to receive the care he needed. He wanted to survive!”

Cross says he will require a lot of extensive care, wound cleaning, bandage changes and antibiotics for a long time.

“But, if Rudy is willing to fight to survive, then we will certainly fight with him and give him the second chance he deserves.”

His injuries include extensive facial injuries, the most dramatic being that both of his ears had been torn off, as well as a large portion of the right side of his face.

As well as having both his ears torn off, a large portion of the right side of his face was also damaged.
As well as having both his ears torn off, a large portion of the right side of his face was also damaged.

He has corneal ulcers in both eyes and both his upper and lower right eyelids had been torn off. He has a fractured jaw and a large piece of bone was removed. He has many lacerations and punctures on his head. He has numerous lacerations and punctures to all of his legs, including a possible septic tendon sheath.

Cross says Rudy has a very long road of recovery ahead of him.

“He isn’t in the clear yet, but we are praying that he will continue to fight and pull through this.”

Cross, providing an update on Youcaring.com, said she could not even begin to thank all the people who had supported Rudy.

“I know some don’t agree with our decision to help him and some feel he is better off being euthanized. I am sorry that you feel that way. But, Rudy is here, he has survived the worst part of this horrible ordeal.

“Rudy was down on the ground for two days, trapped in chain link fencing, being attacked by dogs, in the freezing ice and he never gave up. He fought to survive and we are fighting with him.”

Cross reported that Rudy was doing well on the fourth day of his recovery.

“If you try to leave, he tries to come with you. He spent the morning itching his head all over me. We got his wounds cleaned up and they are looking great.

“His wounds are healing as they are supposed to. Yes, his wounds look horrible, but the wounds are not life-threatening problems, as most of it is just skin.

“However, we have to watch for things like tetanus, since we don’t know his vaccine history.

“So far, nothing appears to be infected and he is on strong antibiotics and pain reliever. He doesn’t act as though he is in pain. He is chewing, eating, and drinking.

Rudy is on the road to recovery.
Rudy is on the road to recovery.

“He can see out of both eyes. We are leaving one eye covered with antibiotic ointment in it, so that it can heal.

“He can hear also, as he knows when I am coming and can hear me open his stall door. So far, he isn’t showing any lameness in his legs, most of those wounds appear to be superficial. We are watching one wound, as we want to make sure it is not in his tendon sheath. So far, that appears to be good also.”

Cross continued: “This horse has a fighting chance and will have a good quality of life.

“His jaw has one fracture and so far no signs of it affecting his sinuses, etc. We are watching that closely and if he shows any complications with his jaw, we will pursue surgery. Right now, everything looks good.

“Please keep the prayers coming,” she said. “There is power in prayer. Even if you don’t support our decision, it is still God’s will if he survives. The least you can do is pray for him.”

Oklahoma City authorities are considering pursuing charges in relation to Rudy over his treatment before his rescue.

Want to donate to Rudy’s care? You can do so here.

11 thoughts on “Supporters rally to help Rudy in fight for his life

  • January 8, 2015 at 6:37 am
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    NO comments? This doesn’t get noticed? How can you not care about this horse who lived through so much and apparently still wants to live? Hope the authorities do more than “consider” pressing charges – for instance – the person who called asking to have the “dead” horse removed??? Did this person even get close enough to see that Rudy was alive and could have used the help THEN?
    I guess the main thing is that someone came along & was caring enough to give him a chance. This horse deserves everyone’s thoughts & prayers!

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    • January 10, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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      The filth that left him for days DECLINED to offer vet care after he was told the horse was indeed alive. For the rest that want him killed…This horse struggled to stay alive for two days and got to his feet and WALKED to the trailer. This horse neighed to the vet and nuzzled everyone who came near him. This horse is eating, can open and close his eyes, can hear, is now feeling froggy, loves attention, has no fear of dogs. He wants to live. He has quality of life. He has spirit, and he seeks love. He is curious, he is playful. He surely deserves to live after fighting to survive. If you have not seen him, felt his will to live, felt his love, seen his fire, DO NOT THINK you know better than those who love and nurse him.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 9:01 am
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    Why isn’t this poor horse shot while he suffered so much tangled in the barb wire???
    He should have been relieved from his misery while he was tangled up in the barb wire.
    This ‘saving’ is pure animal cruelty, imo.

    Thousands of healthy horses are killed in the food industry. No mercy for them and this horse, who suffers a lot of pain and agony, is “rescued”??????

    I pray that this horse soon will be relieved from his suffering.

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    • January 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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      Yes! It’s not meant to let a poor horse like Rudy stay alive. He has so much pain, the poor animal…

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    He never curled his hooves up and gave in so he deserves every single chance he can have …..meant to be

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  • January 10, 2015 at 3:20 am
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    This poor horse deserves everything that can be offered to him by the veterinary hospital/clinic. He doesn’t deserve to be euthanized.

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  • January 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    This poor horse should have been put out of his misery. The people who made the choice to “save” this horse…than ask for donations for the (so far) $20,000 veterinary bill are attention seekers. Horses care about the “now” and that part of this horse’s life has been horrid. He will have a limited quality of life…but I’m sure someone will be making money off of him and his sob story. How many children could have been helped with $20,000 worth of medical bills? This is a really screwed up country!

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  • January 11, 2015 at 8:37 am
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    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

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  • January 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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    I have been praying for Rudy’s recovery & for the care persons attending him. I thank the Lord for you all . Thank you for updated his recovery l will continue praying for all & Rudy. He has earned a chance. BEAUTY IS INSIDE.

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  • January 21, 2015 at 5:38 am
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    God made man to have dominion over all the earth and all its inhabitants. All living creatures have the right to get the best care ,love and compassion that we as humans are able to give. Yes the horse has suffered horrifically, but to euthanize a horse that still trusts people, says that he wants to live. We owe him that chance. Even in the human realm, not all disabilities are as bad for the person as the rest of us might think they are. I pray for this horse, and all the people that are taking care of it. As for the owner… my concern for their compassion and judgment is drowning. How could they have not gone out and done what they could, or at least have called someone that would????

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  • July 30, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    Is there any update on How his recovery is going? I would love to know if he made it and where he is now. 🙂

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