In Texas, the horse who was badly injured last month in an animal-cruelty case that left him skinned over large areas of his torso, and outraged the horse-welfare network, is expected to make a full recovery.
According to Darla Cherry, president and executive director of Meadow Haven Horse Rescue in Texas, the good-natured equine who came into her care three weeks ago is healing from his wounds, and has found a nearby adoptive home, where all his veterinary needs will be met.
“We found him a forever home that has a veterinarian on call,” Cherry says, noting that he is expected to take a full six months to re-grow his hair, while undergoing treatments using mesh and methods to sterilize the wounds.
The no-name horse was injured Nov. 10 when he was tied to the back of a truck, which was then accelerated to a speed faster than the horse could run. When he eventually fell to the ground, the horse was dragged 100 yards before the vehicle was stopped, according to online news service KXAN.com.
While police issued a warrant for suspect Mariano Villafuerta, 43, who is reportedly still at large, word of the animal’s horrific treatment spread like wildfire on Facebook.
“He became an overnight sensation, let me tell you,” Cherry says. “He’s built up a fan club. He’s a super star!”
After Jones sent Murrell a link to the story, he contacted the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department, which is handling the case, and offered to pledge a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest of the suspect.
“It is a criminal and inhumane act,” Murrell says, explaining that he had hoped to help bring the culprit to justice.
Murrell’s kind offer was declined however, because there was already a $1,000 reward in place, he explained.
But his gesture was greatly appreciated by Cherry, who sees animal cruelty cases all too often.
As president of the certified 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, which accepts animal-cruelty cases, she has seen more than one case like this one; and, she hopes the fact that a reward is in place will be an incentive for someone to turn in the suspect.
And she credits Murrell for offering his own money, even if it wasn’t needed.
“I’m amazed someone has offered his money like that!” she says. “If somebody finds out there’s money involved, maybe they’ll turn him in.”