Sunday, December 7, 2008
Next time I will think twice before I tell someone "a bullet to the head" is more humane than slaughter. Surley, to do it right would take an expert.
This is an amazing story!
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Subject: Miracle Horse Living New Life At Shelter - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuqu
Miracle Horse Living New Life At Shelter
Horse Survived Six Gunshots To The Head
POSTED: 9:46 pm MST December 4, 2008
UPDATED: 6:25 am MST December 5, 2008
A horse shot in the head six times in Dona Ana County refused to die and now will continue her recovery at the Horse Shelter near Santa Fe.
Miracle is a very apt name for the horse.
Almost five months ago, she was left for dead.
Miracle arrived at the Horse Shelter Thursday afternoon healthy and happy.
The wounds and burns from being shot are barely visible now.
"You can never underestimate a living creature's will to live," said Jennifer Rios at the Horse Shelter.
Miracle fought to live.
She spent many years as a polo pony for New Mexico State University and after retiring from that job, she became a children's horse, but in June she was no longer wanted.
"She was supposed to be sent to slaughter," Rios said. "But the man who picked her up to take her to a sale barn didn't find the guy he needed so he decided to take care of the problem himself."
His solution was to take Miracle to the desert and shoot her.
Investigators said they followed the dirt footprints in the desert and found the man tried to kill the horse for more than two miles.
Miracle refused to die and finally, the man abandoned her with six bullet holes in her head.
The wounded horse hunted for help.
"She got past a cattle guard in the road about a foot wide and went and found a house and banged her head against the door until someone came to the door," Rios said.
The Horse Shelter provided pictures of Miracle the day she found help.
Months later, she's healing and now in her new home.
Rios said, "Her life is going to be pretty darn good here."
Miracle is friendly enough she can be adopted out.
Horse Shelter officials say it could happen any time after the vet looks at her on Friday.
As for the man who tried to kill her --- he's facing severe animal cruelty charges which in New Mexico could lead to jail time.
The Horse Shelter currently has more than 40 abused, abandoned and neglected horses -- double their normal capacity.
They say many of their horses can be adopted.