Hayley was rescued from her pasture Sunday, September 17th 2017 in a small town called Rebel City in Sampson County, NC. We received a call the night before about a horse with possible eye injury, it was already dark so we waited until the next morning to go check it out. When we arrived the pasture was completely over grown and the house on the property was clearly vacant, with piles of trash and over grown grass. We stepped over the electric fence that clearly wasn’t hot and hadn’t been for a while. We began to smell something awful, Hayley a beautiful white horse was approaching us. Her face was covered with a fly mask but the smell made it apparent this injury wasn’t recent. Haley’s mask had to be cut from her mane to get it off. Upon taking it off we knew immediately she had to come with us, she needed serious medical attention and fast.
Haley was loaded on the trailer and taken to Nicole’s farm (LMHR Adoption Coordinator) and satellite facility for the rescue Dr. B. GARRETT quickly met us. As soon as he saw her he told us this was no injury, this was cancer, Hayley’s entire eye had already been destroyed along with surrounding tissue. A biopsy was done to confirm. Results confirmed “Squamous Cell Carcinoma”.
Hayley had been suffering for a minimum of 6 to 8 months. Because the wound/cancer was left untreated for so long it was not treatable, there was no hope for recovery, the Cancer had spread. Sadly, her owner had chosen to ignore Hayley’s growing tumor and covered it with a mask. It began to eat away at her flesh and bone. No treatment, no compassion. Her owner then chose to abandon Hayley, took her personal belongings and move to Nevada. Hayley was alone for a week before we received the call. She was had been suffering for months, she would have died a long painful death.
Hayley was loved and treated with the compassion she deserved for the 2 weeks she had with us. Hayley crossed the rainbow bridge to heaven peacefully on Saturday September 30th 2017 surrounded by several people who in the two weeks she was with us, loved her very much.
We as morale compassionate beings must come together and make animal cruelty laws tougher, stronger. We must close the loop holes that make excuses for abuse and neglect of horses and other animals. As you can see reading some of the NC statutes for Animal cruelty, there are many loop holes for continued abuse and neglect of an animal, especially horses which are still considered livestock and should not be considered livestock.
Deborah s. Gilllis – Founder LMHR
Nicole Coleman – Adoption Coordinator LMHR
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