Hurricane Cowboy rescues abandoned horses from Florence floodwaters

Hurricane Cowboy leads two abandoned horses from the floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Photo by Janet Morgan/Myrtle Beach Herald
The Hurricane Cowboy, Patrick McKann, leads two horses to safety who were left behind in rising floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Photo by Janet Morgan/Myrtle Beach Herald.

By Kelly Avellino | September 25, 2018 at 6:42 PM EST – Updated September 26 at 6:01 AM

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) — He’s been named the “Hurricane Cowboy.” Patrick McKann, of Henrico, is leading an effort to rescue horses, cows and other farm animals left suffering in the flood-torn Carolinas.

McKann said so far it’s been a trying mission, but his crew has saved many animals from suffering, including three horses, two donkeys and countless dogs and cats.

McKann and his rescue partner, Travis Holstein, teamed up with other livestock animal rescuers from Texas, once they hit the worst areas of the Carolinas. The “Hurricane Cowboys” use an air boat to reach livestock caught in high water. McKann also has multiple trucks filled with supplies like feed and medical kits, donated from the Richmond area, running in and out of the Carolinas.

“We had to lasso two wild donkeys,” said McKann. “We’ve seen pigs. We’ve seen cows. We’ve seen horses, chickens, ducks,” said McKann.

In photos from the Myrtle Beach Herold, McKann and Holstein mustered through the water — at times up to their chest — to lead three starving horses to refuge in Buscksport, South Carolina.

“They were going to drown if we didn’t get to them,” said McKann.

Hurricane Florence is McKann’s second rescue mission. During Hurricane Harvey last year, McKann sent down seven supply-loaded trucks to Texas. He stayed in the state, rescuing livestock for a month.

McKann said many animal rescue groups are able to help with dogs and cats. However, less volunteers are equipped to help larger stock animals. That’s why the Hurricane Cowboys say they’re determined to reach every animal possible, left in Florence’s wake.

“We have good days. We have bad days. We’ve seen a lot of death,” said McKann.

McKann fears the worst flooding may still be to come.

“The rivers are not due to crest until Thursday or Friday,” he said.

That’s why McKann is already sending word for more donations from Richmond, and plans on making repeat trips hauling more trailers full of supplies, for as long as it takes.

“The people back home are already getting ready to reload a semi-trailer,” said McKann. “I’d like to thank everybody back home for their support.”

Support Mckann’s rescues at his GoFundMe page »

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Everyone knows Raymond: Last mule living with Outer Banks wild horses

Raymond and his harem. Posted online by Patch.com. Click to visit story.
Raymond and his harem. Posted online by Patch.com.

This is some story. “One wild mule found alive among wild horses on Outer Banks”. Have you read it? It’s from The Charlotte Observer. By Mark Price. July 18, 2018.


He staggered off into an island marsh and vanished last winter, leading conservationists to believe the last mule living among North Carolina’s wild coastal mustangs had died.

But Raymond, as locals call him, proved too stubborn to go quietly.

Not only has the once-crippled mule re-emerged on Corolla’s beaches, but he picked up a harem of three mares.

“He’s sterile, but he doesn’t know it and we’re not going to tell him,” says herd manager Meg Puckett. “He challenged a much younger stallion for those mares and he won. That’s saying a lot.”

Even she thought Raymond had died after a risky last-ditch effort was made in November to save him. A group of specialists with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund drugged Raymond and literally sawed down his hooves, which had become so deformed he couldn’t walk.

“A domestic horse would not have survived. He was just too stubborn to die,” Puckett says. “It’s that ornery, stubborn side that has made him one of the best known of the herd. Everyone knows Raymond.”

Islanders took to social media recently to celebrate the return of “the mule who thinks he is a mustang,” as Ann Litzelman put it on Facebook.

See also “Last Mule On Outer Banks So Stubborn He Refuses to Die” at Patch.com who also posted the image above with their own story on Raymond.

Two Change.org Petitions, both for Carolina carriage horses

Horse drawn carriage by Charleston Tours.

Elizabeth Forel notified us of two pending active Change.org Petitions concerning carriage horses. Please sign them today, right now while you are thinking about it.

1. Charleston SC
2. Hillsborough, SC

As you can see, this is not a New York City problem. It is a problem in many towns and cities across America.

1. CHARLESTON, S. CAROLINA

Stand up for the long exploited horses in Charleston, South Carolina.

Horse drawn carriages are dangerous. The treatment of the horses forced to work in these conditions is inhumane. Take action.

Horse drawn carriages are dangerous. The treatment of the horses forced to work in these conditions is inhumane. Take action.

Horse drawn carriages are dangerous. The treatment of the horses forced to work in these conditions is inhumane. Take action.

The city of Charleston allows horse-drawn carriage wagons to pull 17 people in 98 degree temperatures with very high humidity. It is an obscene image.

The City refuses to do anything about it and as long as you spend your tourism dollars in Charleston they will do nothing. Please speak out and sign this petition to boycott Charleston for as long as this continues.

  • Click and sign Change.org Petition
  • https://www.change.org/p/boycott-horse-drawn-carriages-in-charleston-sc

    2. HILLSBOROUGH, N. CAROLINA

    Stand up for the equally exploited horses of Charleston, South Carolina.

    Horse drawn carriages are dangerous. The treatment of the horses forced to work in these conditions is inhumane. Take action.

  • Click and sign Change.org Petition
  • https://www.change.org/p/hillsborough-mayor-and-board-of-commissioners-ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-hillsborough-nc

    We hope you are willing to take a few minutes out of your busy day to lend a voice to these horses.

    Please don’t think you don’t need to because a lot of other people are probably doing it.

    We know the horses can count on you!

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    A single horse pulls a cart full of tourists in Charleston, SC. Photo: Charleston Carriage Tours.