A 22-year-old Kentucky bred suffering from severe lacerations to his legs and ankles, and skin abrasions on his face and elsewhere, was rescued by the South Florida SPCA and Miami-Dade Police Department Sunday night.
The sweet-tempered gentleman identified by a lip tattoo as Sosa, a gray gelding sired by multiple graded stakes winner Once Wild, had been dumped in the notorious C-9 basin in South Florida. That’s where horses are discarded all too often meet a sad end at the hand of illegal butchers, or starve to death, according to Laurie Waggoner, of the South Florida SPCA.
Sosa was dumped outside a cement factory, she says, and it’s possible he fell. “His injuries are consistent with a horse that falls on the street,” she says. “His knees are skinned, and the front of his ankles, and the back of his legs, his lip, and the side of his face and shoulder” have all sustained abrasions, she adds.
A nearby barn owner, who notified police, and set the rescue in motion, spotted the horse.
When he first arrived, Waggoner says he limped badly. She bedded him down for the night in fresh shavings with plenty of food and water, and by the next morning his limp had diminished.
The veterinarian is treating his gaping wounds, which ooze puss, with a medicated wrap, says Waggoner, who notes the expensive treatment is expected to help the wounds heal quickly. “The vet told me that when we unwrap his legs, I won’t believe the difference,” she says, noting that given the cost of the wraps —$50 per leg— they hope to leave the treatment in place for at least a week. If the wounds saturate the wraps, they will be removed sooner, she adds.
In addition to his cuts and abrasions, Sosa is roughly 200 pounds underweight, she adds.
But none of this is affecting his good nature!
“What a sweet horse he is! He stood perfectly while I washed him and had to pull off the dead skin,” Waggoner says. “And he’s eating great. He sure does love his grain. When I walk in, he looks at me and nudges his bucket like he’s saying, ‘Hey, this bucket’s empty.’ ”
She adds, “He’s such a good, nice horse. He’s very cute.”