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Elderly Horse, Abused for Years, Saved and Taken to New Home

Elderly Horse, Abused for Years, Saved and Taken to New Home

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on June 13, 2013. Enjoy!

The Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation in Argentina recently seized a horse in the middle of city traffic, and not a moment too soon. The 20-year-old horse, now named Emilia, was being whipped by her ‘owner’ in the street because she could not move fast enough under the massive load he had placed on her cart. Thanks to the fast action of some bystanders, Emilia is now learning that the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.

“We arrived on scene within minutes,” explained Coqui Montiel, who leads the Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation’s Argentina sanctuary in Entre Rios. “A judge was called and he gave us permission to take Emilia into custody.”

Emilia at the police station

The judge’s actions alone are an indicator of the Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation’s unusual relationship with local authorities. While in so many parts of the world, it is nearly to impossible to seize an animal on the spot or to even persuade authorities to begin to build a case for taking action against cruelty, action here was swift and decisive.

Police pouring food for the animals

At the group’s refuge for small and large animals, you’ll frequently find police volunteering their time on the weekends to care for the horses, dogs and cats here. Outside help is especially needed right now as flooding left the shelter damaged and the clean up effort is daunting for the small team here.

Though the ground is still soggy and the fences need repair, no one believes that Emilia will mind. In fact, this may be the most beautiful place she’s ever laid eyes on after what is presumed to be lifelong neglect and abuse. She is now about to enjoy ample food, shelter and veterinary care for what may be the first time.

So many of the animals here are being introduced to human kindness for the very first time

To learn more about the Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation, visit their website here.

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10:49AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

Thanks for the article. May Emilia live a long and happy life with no more abuse.

12:53PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

I love a happy ending. Thank you.

2:04PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Sometimes the Old Gray Mare Just Ain't What She Used To Be! Love Judge. Where is petition thanking him!

10:01PM PDT on May 20, 2014

good news

9:52PM PDT on May 14, 2014

Thanks, such a Happy story will need to be Shared on my Horse Group.

5:35AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thanks!

9:42PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

It is amazing to me that they were able to save her via phone call. Here it is 6 months or more of red tape and by then the animal is lost. Great work and thanks to those involved.

10:37PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

These animals sanctuaries are where angels walk.

10:37PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

These animals sanctuaries are where angels walk.

6:47AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Thanks to all the great and wonderful people of the Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation!!!! :)

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