A neglected horse now in the care of an equine rescue group in Florida was surviving on whole corn and saltine crackers.
Panhandle Equine Rescue said the four-year-old mare, named Bootsy, had eaten everything in her pen and was pushing the fence down trying to get to grass.
It said the investigation into her case is being handled by Escambia County Animal Control. Panhandle Equine Rescue said the group was told of Bootsy, who was living on a property in Nokomis, by the animal control officer working the case.
“We were told that the owner would surrender the horse to rescue,” a spokeswoman said.
“We went out to look at her yesterday and agreed that she needed to be removed from the property.”
Bootsy was voluntarily surrendered to the charity.
“After we picked her up, we took her straight to the vet and now she is resting comfortably at the Panhandle Equine Rescue facility.
“She is a very sweet girl and so very thin, but she is fighting to survive.”
Bootsy spent her first five minutes in a paddock at the charity’s facility licking and biting a mineral block.
“She did not pay attention to the other horses or her new surroundings; all she could think about was those minerals that her body was craving. It was really sad.”
The charity reports that Bootsy is doing well.
“She will get used to different volunteers coming out and learn that she will be fed everyday and that her stall is a good place to be. She is a little nervous and unsure, but it won’t be long and she will get used to the routine.”