Elderly Horse, Abused for Years, Saved and Taken to New Home
by Laura Simpson
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.”
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.
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.