There is no clear regulatory framework in the US that protects all animals across the country. Currently, there is still an alarming lack of understanding of the needs of horses. However, also of the unfair treatment they receive in most cases.
This is the story of River, a horse that was discovered and rescued by César Garcían and his son when they were both walking near Grayson Road in Modesto, Golden State, USA. The animal, which had not received the necessary care, lay on the ground in a terrible state. A dishonest and insensitive person left it to itself. According to witnesses, the quadruped past was unclear. They saw only a trailer full of horses, pulled by a dark truck, with a grey minibus beside it.
The horse had many open wounds on its body and seemed very desperate. Garcia then immediately called the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department to report the incident. Within minutes several officers were on the scene to help the unfortunate man. Unfortunately nobody could find the chief. Someone heard the story and immediately called Bobbie Carne. He rescues and helps all kinds of pets for two decades.
“I regularly receive calls like this when someone finds a pet in need. I’ve rescued many animals in the past. I’ve seen horrible things done to animals, so it’s no longer a shock to me.” Carne said. Despite his experience, Carne couldn’t believe what he was seeing. It was truly remarkable the trouble the animal was in. His face and even his flank showed signs that whoever had brought him there had locked him in and even dragged him.
“At that point, there was virtually no turning back. The horse was still in serious condition when it arrived her. His blood tests showed it had been in a prolonged state of appetite.” the rescuer said. In his pyjamas, Carne contacted park officials, who began working on a plan to get him the help the river needed. Another man who had become aware of the situation returned to the scene with a double-decker trailer. Together they got River back on his feet, loaded him onto the trailer and transported him to the Taylor Vet Healthcare Facility in Turlock.
Dr Rebecca Curry treated River’s wounds and cared for her at a steady but balanced pace, as feeding too quickly could send the animal into shock. Carne and García shared the story on their social media channels. It prompted thousands of messages of support from customers. For Bryen Camden of Riverbank, the response was even a decision to give River a better life. The horse made a surprisingly gradual recovery.
When the woman, who currently owns two rescue horses, saw the report, she came to Carne and said she would take care of River as soon as she finished her veterinary treatment.
Camden decided to keep the name River, but added Maximus to illustrate the inner strength the horse has shown so far
Fortunately, thanks to García’s complaint and the quick response of the authorities, River has recovered and now looks strong, his coat is shiny and he seems very happy in his new home.