Cross-posted from Tulsa World
Written by SUSAN HYLTON
OLIVE, Okla. – Efforts to save a starving horse that was left to fend for himself in this week’s wildfires were valiant, but the horse didn’t live much longer after he was rescued Monday.
Belinda Wheeler said she got the horse to a veterinarian, but he collapsed when she got him out of the trailer.
Billy Palmore had discovered the injured horse staggering down the road. Wheeler said Palmore told her he looked up and saw a “walking dead horse.”
The horse approached Palmore and put his head on his chest.
“The vet worked on him over an hour. I sat on the ground and petted him and told him I was sorry we didn’t find him sooner,” Wheeler said. “He sure fought.”
The horse had burns on his face, feet and legs, but Wheeler said he probably could have recovered from his burns if he had not been in such a weakened condition from malnutrition.
“Whoever had him had starved him. The (Oklahoma Highway Patrol — (580) 353-0783) wants to find out who it was,” she said.
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