DEFHR Works With Lancaster County SPCA to Rescue Emaciated Horse

At the request of Lancaster County SPCA in Pennsylvania, Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) took in an emaciated horse on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The Egyptian Arabian mare was seized a few weeks ago by Lancaster County SPCA and is part of an animal cruelty investigation.

Three horses were seized at the time of impound; two needed to be humanely euthanized due to the severity of their emaciation and lack of veterinary care. The remaining 17-year-old mare was a body condition score of 1 (on a scale of 1-9 with 1 being extremely emaciated).

A Good Samaritan came to the aid of these horses and subsequently brought them to the attention of Lancaster County SPCA. Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital, Coatesville, PA stabilized and provided critical care treatment for the remaining mare for three weeks.
On arrival at DEFHR on August 13, the mare was named Anastasia’s Ally. In addition to her emaciated state, she suffers from severe parasite infestation and rain rot. She will need extensive critical care for up to 90 days. Anastasia’s rehabilitative care will take several months before she will be ready to be evaluated for adoption.

“Given our efforts in expanding our reach and assisting law enforcement officials in upholding the animal welfare laws in surrounding states, DEFHR is honored to be supporting Lancaster County, PA in their anti-cruelty efforts,” said Erin Ochoa, DEFHR Executive Director. “To ensure that horses are protected, it is essential that communities pull together—law enforcers, concerned citizens, DEFHR supporters—and join in the efforts to ensure these animals get the minimum standards of care they require.”

Lancaster County SPCA will be having a benefit trail ride October 25, 2014 in Lancaster County Central Park, Lancaster County, PA to help offset the rehabilitative costs of Anastasia and other neglected horses like her at DEFHR. For more information on how to donate to neglected and abused horses at DEFHR, visit

With this latest impound, DEFHR has taken in 27 horses since the first of the year, including 17 in the month of April and is sustained primarily through private donations. Donations are imperative and can be made online or mailed to DEFHR, PO Box 309, Lisbon, MD 21765.

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