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.


Jeanette M. Curie

Its beyond my love for dogs to fathom the pain, the agony of this most evil of traditions in Asian countries, this torture is so dark, so incomprehensible its only relief is to have international humane animal services to come in and remove the dogs still alive and bring them back to the US., for those individuals in these countries who have any light in their souls, I beg of them to do the right thing, please, save these innocent dogs. Dogs are so precious, so innocent, wanting only to love and to play, to live out their lives just as we do., please, anyone help these dogs, they are so good and surely God knows He created them for us, to love, to care for and to NEVER CAUSE HARM TO THEM!!!

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan2 years ago

Thank you the Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation in Argentina who saved the 20-year-old horse, named Emilia.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Karen S.
Karen S3 years ago

So sad! Please visit:



Angela P.
Angie P3 years ago

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

Leanne B.
Leanne B3 years ago

I love a happy ending. Thank you.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

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

Manuela B.
Manuela B3 years ago

good news

VinnieSick N.
Vinnie m3 years ago

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