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Rescued Horse Ready for New Home

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 - 9:32 AM
New Haven, Vermont - January 24, 2007

A farm in New Haven is paradise for Barney-- a 22-year-old mixed breed horse. With plenty of food, shelter and TLC, it's a far cry from the home he came from.

"I've never seen anything like it in my life. This horse, it looked like nobody had touched him or been near him in so long. He was so thin and his mane was this big and just one mass of burdocks," recalls Jill Tucker of the Addison County Humane Society.

Tucker fields three or four calls a week on animal abuse. But this was the worst case she had ever seen.

"He had parasites, he needed to be wormed, he needed his teeth floated and he needed more food."

An anonymous phone call regarding starving horses led police to a home in Starksboro. Video taken during the investigation shows Barney in bad shape, but another horse was found dead.

"The day we went on the search warrant I ran my hand down his side and my fingers just fell between his ribs."

Tucker is grateful to that anonymous tipster, saying that person saved Barney's life.

"It's really important for people to call and speak on behalf of the animals because they can't speak for themselves," she says.

Barney's previous owner is now facing criminal charges for cruelty to animals. But he has forfeited his right to ownership, so Barney is now available for adoption.

"We want to make sure he's going to get attention and human interaction as well as companionship and be properly cared for, so he doesn't suffer again," says Tucker.

Barney is now a healthy horse. He's eating two bales of hay a day and has gained over 100 pounds in the past two months.

"This had been a very emotional case for me," says Tucker. "But to see this animal's recovery... it's nothing short of amazing."

Anyone interested in adopting Barney or contributing to his care can contact the Addison County Humane Society at 802-388-1100.

Kate Duffy - Channel 3 News

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