In early September of 2012 Humane officers brought four emaciated horses to the Humane Society of Ventura County after removing them from an Oak View ranch. When the animals arrived they were nothing but skin and bone.
It was truly hearbreaking to see an animal in such a frail condition. Though here at the shelter we have seen many horrible things, this was a tough one. As the horses staggered out of the trailers, staff began to weep at what they saw.
Using the Henneke System of Body Conditioning, which is used to rate the condition of a horse from one to nine, the horses were a one. According to the scale, a horse with a body condition score of one is emaciated and in most cases is in danger of starving to death.
It was a long road to recovery. Staff worked around the clock keeping to a regimented feeding schedule and watching for any signs of distress. It has definitely been touch and go since the horses have arrived, but we have just taken it one day at a time.
Several of the horses colicked, but thankfully have recovered. Today, as we watch them play in the sunshine, it is hard to believe they are the same horses. All of the horses are now in the four to seven range on the Henneke System of Body Conditioning, which is exactly where they need to be. Now we are trying to find them the perfect forever homes where they will never have to endure such horrible suffering again.
We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all who donated towards the care of these animals and to all of the staff and volunteers that worked with them throughout the last few months. Between feeding costs and veterinary care, this has been a very expensive and time consuming project but one well worth it. Because of generous people like you these horses have a second chance at life and love.
Horse adoptions are $200 and will require an interview with the officers and a corral check.
Rebecca Holder, our Kennel Manager chose Emmitt as Pet of the Month because as she said, “He is such a great cat!” He is a two-year-old neutered male orange tabby. His owners moved and couldn’t take him. He is very sweet and friendly and gets along well with all people and cats but we are not sure about dogs since he has never lived with them!
His adoption fee of $120 includes neuter, vaccinations, free veterinarian visit, and microchip implantation. For more information on Emmitt, or other adoptable animals, please call 805 646-6505. You can meet him Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.