The South Florida SPCA is celebrating after a malnourished pregnant mare rescued just six weeks ago gave birth to a healthy colt.
On March 4, the welfare group rescued 11 horses from certain death.
Although 11 horses were rescued, it was too late for at least seven other horses. Their carcasses and skeletal remains were found on the property. No arrest has ever been made.
President Jeanette Jordan said sorrow turned to unbridled joy this week when one of the horses rescued that day, a 20-year-old quarter horse named Connie, gave birth to a healthy, frisky colt.
The new baby boy has been named “Little Champ” in memory of Champ, another horse that lost his battle for life last week.
“For the past six weeks, we’ve been watching, waiting and praying that Connie, despite her severe malnutrition and deprivation, would give birth to a healthy baby,” Jordan said.
“Yesterday, our prayers and efforts were rewarded.”
Despite their joy, today reality has set in again. “Most people think of South Florida as a sun-drenched paradise. In fact, for too many animals, including horses, South Florida is a blood-soaked horror movie become real,” Jordan said.
It has more than 65 rescued horses at its ranch and says it is in desperate need of funds to keep up its mission of rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of horses.
“We are reaching out to the community to help us continue to care for Connie and Little Champ and so many others like them,” Jordan said.
Donations can be made at www.helpthehorses.org or checks payable to SFSPCA sent to: South Florida SPCA, 15476 NW 77 Court, #440, Miami Lakes, FL 33016.
South Florida SPCA is a private, non-profit 501©3 organization.