Mare Shot Repeatedly Now Safe

A Thoroughbred mare and former polo pony in her 20s was shot repeatedly and left for dead in the desert of New Mexico, but the mare didn't die. Instead she wandered to civilization and loving hands who are now trying to find a way to pay for her a retirement home.

The story on lcsun-news has photos of the mare and more on her story (written by Ashley Meeks) and the fundraiser.

Brian Drake, 36, was arrested on suspicion of shooting the mare, and he faces one count of extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison, according to the article.

Involved in the rescue of the mare were the foster family (who wants to remain anonymous), Doña Ana County Animal Control supervisor Curtis Childress, and veterinarian Wendy Ray of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery.

One bullet is still lodged under the mare's right eye, the story stated. It is too close to an artery to be safely removed.

To donate contact Curtis Creighton at Horse N Hound Feed N Supply, 991 W. Amador Ave., or call 575/523-8790.

For more on this case, see "Horse Found Shot in Head Recovering."

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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