Battered, malnourished horse rescued in Cape Town

2016-02-10 15:52

Cape Town – A malnourished colt was rescued in Mitchells Plain after children beat it, probably with sticks or stones, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA said on Wednesday.

The young horse, probably around 18 months old, looked as though he was dying when inspectors and the horse care unit arrived at a field on Monday.

He was in poor condition and had scattered, superficial wounds. It took several attempts before they got him on his feet to walk to the horse trailer, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesperson Belinda Abraham said. 

"We are not sure whether they were beating him to get him up or whether they just took perverse pleasure in beating him. This morning, he is up and standing on his own, but he is still very weak."

Despite his experience, he apparently still loved human contact. The colt has been named Artist’s Son because of his sculpted, thoroughbred looks.

It remained a mystery how he ended up in the area, said Abraham.

They failed to find a microchip, but it might have shifted as a result of the weight he had lost.

Abraham said a blood analysis, which could be costly, would allow them to determine his bloodline and where he came from.

"Our priority now is to boost his energy levels and get some weight on him. Unfortunately the drought has made the price of hay and lucerne exorbitant."

The SPCA appealed to the public to help provide good quality food.

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