Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue treating pony attacked by dogs

The spring has been a busy month for horses in need. The Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, located at 1725 Edwardsville Rd. Hardy, Va., has been hit hard by horses needing sanctuary.

The latest to come through the facility’s doors is Andy, a 2- to 4-year old pony gelding who was attacked by a group of dogs. He had numerous puncture wounds on his hind quarters, both rear legs were swollen and bloody and his tail was ripped down to the numb, the Rescue says.

Within the past 30 days, the rescue has taken in seven starving horses, four sheep and have had two placed horses returned. Fifty-eight rescue horses are being cared for by RVHR at one of their two facilities.

Some of their recent arrivals include:

Doc. Photo via RVHR Facebook page.
  • Gigi — Tennessee Walker mare, possibly in foal and about 250lbs underweight. Turned over by her owner after she had financial issues and could not care for her 4 horses.
  • Doc — Tobiano paint stallion about 150 lbs underweight. Turned over by her owner after she had financial issues and could not care for her 4 horses.
  • Patrick — 9 month old colt at least 100 pounds underweight. By Doc and out of Gigi. 
  • Tonka — 30-year-old Arabian cross mare from who is extremely underweight and is blind in her right eye. Seized by Berkeley West Virginia Animal Control from her past owner due to starvation.
    Patrick. Photo via RVHR Facebook page.
  • Carmel — 24-year-old quarter horse mare. Seized by Berkeley West Virginia Animal Control from her past owner due to starvation.
  • Elly — 20+ year old Thoroughbred mare about 300 pounds underweight. She was released to RVHR when her owner gave her away for free to another women. This new owner brought her directly to us knowing she could not care for her in the way she needs. 

 

Carmel. Photo via RVHR Facebook page.

HOW TO HELP

RVHR funding is from public donations and small grants.

  • A Pledge of just $25.00 a month will feed one horse for a week. You can donate online here. 
  • Or a simple way to help is to link your Kroger card to the Rescue. It does not take your fuel points and discounts but can pay off big for the charity. Click here to learn how to set it up. With just 62 people signed up, from September 2014 to November 2014 raised $1,781.57, so it can definitely make a difference.
  • Volunteers are always needed.

“Save a Horse Taste Some Bourbon”

This Saturday, April 11, at the Roanoke City Market Building’s Charter Hall, “Save a Horse Taste Some Bourbon” will feature food, live music, a silent auction, door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and bourbon tasting. Proceeds from the event will go toward raising funds for a used track loader to help clean barns. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $40 at the door.

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