Some animals fall under the category of “special needs” because of the traumatic experiences they have gone through. They need extra care, time and patience to overcome emotional or physical abuse and gain trust in the people who have rescued them. A horse named Savannah is one of these special cases. Here is her story….
Savannah was one of three horses that lived on a small rundown patch of land fenced with a single wire, in Rutherford County, NC. Last year, one of the horses broke through the rickety fence setting all three on the run. Savannah didn’t get very far until a car hit her, leaving a big gapping gash on the side of her body. Not knowing what to do to help Savannah, her owner brought the horse to a ranch that newcomer Katherine Trotter and her husband were leasing.
Katherine, who had seven rescued horses and six rescue dogs that she brought with her from her home in Texas, jumped into action. The event forever changed her life and introduced her to the fact that not every town in the U.S. treats animals humanely.
The local veterinarian was called to Katherine’s home where tape was wrapped around the side of the horse to stop the perfuse bleeding. Both the vet and Katherine discussed that Savannah needed further treatment and should be transported to a hospital in the next town, but the owner refused to do that.
After several more hours of the horse bleeding through the bandage, Katherine knew the only way she could save Savannah was to ask to take custody of her, promise to pay for her veterinary bills and get her to a hospital. When her owner agreed, Katherine enlisted the help of Delores Hanser who runs Paws Ranch Equine Rescue. Together the women loaded Savannah into a trailer and got her to a veterinary hospital in Raleigh that saved her life.
When Savannah returned to the Trotter’s 60-acre leased ranch, it was the first time the horse had walked on grassy land and had room to run. Soon after Savannah’s former owner brought his two other horses to the Trotter’s property where Katherine saw that each of them received vaccinations and had their overgrown feet trimmed.
The Trotter’s had leased the ranch because they considered moving to Rutherford County, NC permanently, but what came next ultimately made them leave the area and never want to come back.
Katherine got more involved with the equine rescue that Delores ran. The women saved horses from other shabbily maintained horse rescue groups, leaving Katherine with two mini horses and a pony.
She also saw firsthand the lack of care horses, dogs and cats received at the city animal shelter. It prompted Katherine and Delores to start a petition to stop the out-of-control practices.
After her nine week stay in Rutherford County, Katherine and her husband returned to their Texas home. Savannah, the two mini horses and the pony have joined her rescue family and are doing very well in their new home.
Katherine wrote to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog to ask for readers to sign the petition she and Delores are sponsoring. They plan to bring it to the state capitol in Raleigh and ask legislators to reform animal control in the county.
The petition states that animal control neglects animals, euthanizes friendly, highly adoptable pets, denies adoptions and allows animals to be surrendered through a drop box. I hope you’ll take a moment to read the entire petition and leave your signature to help.
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