“They le.ft me like tra.sh and picked me up like I was a treas.ure.”

In the US, there is no clear Law that protects all animals in the national t’erritory.

Unfortunately, at present, there is still great i.gnorance about the needs of equines, and also about the situation of unfair treatment that they s’uffer in many cases.

This is the story of River, a horse that was found and rescued by César García and his little one, while they were both taking a walk near Grayson Road, in Modesto, California, United States.

The poor animal was in t’errible condition lying on the ground, left to its own devices by some unscrupulous and ruthless being. According to witnesses, there was nothing clear about the history of the quadruped. They only caught a glimpse of a trailer full of horses, pulled by a dark-coloured truck, followed by a grey minivan.

The equine had several open wounds on his body and he looked truly d’istressed, so Garcia immediately called the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department to report the situation and, within minutes, several officers were present at the site to help the unfortunate victim.

The person in charge was nowhere to be seen, however, someone heard the story and immediately called Bobbie Carne, who has been helping and rescuing animals of all kinds for 20 years.

“It is typical for me to receive these types of calls when someone finds out about an animal in need. I’ve done a lot of rescues and I’ve seen some horrible things done to animals, so it’s not that much of a surprise to me anymore, ”Carne said.

Despite his experience, Carne could not believe what he saw. The condition the animal was in was truly amazing. His face and side showed signs of having been tied up and dragged by whoever brought him there.

“I was really almost at that point of no return. The horse was in a severe state when it arrived here and the blood test showed that it had been experiencing a prolonged state of hunger, ”added the rescuer.

Dressed in pyjamas, Carne joined the agents in the park and they began to devise a plan to be able to give him the help that River needed. Another man who became aware of the situation returned to the scene with a double-wide trailer and together they were able to get River to his feet, load him onto the trailer and transport him to Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Turlock.

Dr Rebecca Curry was in charge of treating River’s wounds, medicating and nurturing him at a constant but balanced rate, since feeding him too quickly could cause the animal to go into shock.

The story was shared by both Carne and García on their social media accounts, prompting thousands of displays of support from users. In fact, for Riverbank’s Bryen Camden, the reaction was a determination: to give River a better life.

Horse has recovered little by little miraculously

Upon viewing the post, the woman who already has two rescued horses approached Carne and told him that she would take care of River once he got out of veterinary care.

For his part, Camden decided to keep the River name, but added Maximus, to show the inner strength that the horse has shown so far.

Fortunately, thanks to García’s complaint and the prompt response of the authorities, River managed to recover and now he looks strong, his fur shines and he looks very happy in his new home.

Share this story with your family and friends and report any case of unworthy treatment against animals. Let’s not allow it. We are your voice.

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