A merry Christmas for once-neglected Dakota


A 19-year-old horse rescued from starvation has had his first Christmas celebrations with a family who loves him to bits.

Dakota was emaciated horse and being kept in a cramped, mud-filled pen and was slowly starving. He was more than 400 pounds underweight. Fortunately, he was signed over to PETA by his owner, and after some TLC and several weeks of rehabilitation at a specialized facility, the charity was able to find Dakota a new home.

For the first time, he celebrated Christmas with a devoted family — one with four granddaughters who adore him.

“I get teared up a lot watching him grow and watching him learn and experience things that I guess he hasn’t ever … you know, like the carrot, he’s never had one,” says Dakota’s guardian Pam. “All horses deserve to be loved by a little girl at least once in their lifetime. And this little guy’s hit the jackpot because he’s got four of them.”

PETA works 24/7 to help animals near its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters — including horses, dogs, and other animals.


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2 thoughts on “A merry Christmas for once-neglected Dakota

  • December 27, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Foe there can be no better choice than reaching out to help a horse in a bad situation. The mature and experienced horses are too often discarded or sold off cheaply. The Senior horses have so much to offer. I have owned many which I saved from feed lots and auctions.. This is a heartwarming story and the kind we need more of.

  • December 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

    So happy that Dakota was rescued and finally knows what it is to be loved and cared for. Please always speak up if you suspect that animals are being abused or neglected.


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