We wanted to provide an update on the horses involved in the tragic tractor-trailer accident last month.
First, some very good news – Longmeadow Rescue Ranch has secured ownership of these horses that were being transported to slaughter. Never again will they face that dreadful fate!
Fifteen horses survived the horrific accident. Eleven came directly to Longmeadow to recover. Four received intensive care at a local veterinary hospital and, thankfully, are now at the Ranch to continue their recovery. Sadly, one of the original 11 was suffering so much that veterinarians determined humane euthanasia was the only option.
The remaining 14 horses face a long recovery. Many have deep skin and leg abrasions and lacerations, lip and chin ulcerations and head and eye traumas that are infected, painful and slow to heal. In addition, many have past maladies like poorly healed broken bones, infections and malnutrition that need to be addressed.
Longmeadow staff and veterinarians are doing everything they can to heal these horses. Every day our team spends twelve hours just on wound care — flushing, cleaning, medicating and bandaging. All of the horses are receiving daily antibiotics; many are on pain medications.
Veterinary bills and medical supplies already total more than $20,000. Your gift ensures these horses have the best possible chance for the happy, healthy lives they deserve.
We are so grateful to all of our donors and friends who care about and continue to support these horses through their long and difficult recovery.
Truly, you have made a difference in each of their lives!
Persons interested in helping the horses recovering from this accident may visit www.longmeadowrescueranch.org/FranklinCountyHorses.