Ethel, starved to skin-and-bone and lame on three feet, was thrown away in the sweltering July heat to fend for herself or die alone in a remote area of SW Miami Dade. This mare’s soulless, and unknown, owner dumped this poor mare in a field on the edge of The Everglades, and we cannot imagine the fear and pain she endured until we rescued her on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Her body condition is a 1, the lowest on the scale. It will take months to restore her weight with a careful refeeding program. Our vet and farrier, a phenomenal team, will work together on her lameness issues. As always, our staff and volunteers will provide her with tons of TLC which she desperately needs.
We will do everything in our power to right the wrongs that have been done to Ethel. Please join us by supporting her road to recovery with a monthly donation, in any amount. You can make a difference.
7/11/17 UPDATE: Today, Ethel is finally eating, and has a pretty swollen right front leg with multiple wounds. Ranch manager Lisa Oppenheimer notes she’s also neurological, leaning to her left. Ethel is very sweet, and allowed Lisa to treat and wrap her leg without a problem. We previously indicated she was lame on 3 feet, but updating that to just the right fore. She came in with healthy hooves, with shoes on on the front. Our veterinarian examined and treated her today, and agreed she appears to be an untattooed Thoroughbred, approximately 20 years old. We will be doing a DNA test on her to see if we can learn her identity. Please check back soon for more updates on this sweet lady.
7/14/17 UPDATE: Ethel got a check up today with Dr. Franklin, and she’s healing nicely! She’s eating well, cleaning up her grain and eating hay better every day. She still has a long road to recovery, but she’s off to a promising start! Also, a DNA kit from The Jockey Club is on its way, we’d love to know her identity. Stay tuned!
7/15/17 UPDATE: We mentioned earlier on this page that Ethel seems to be somewhat neurological. She’s uncoordinated behind, and our vet is starting treatment for EPM (Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis). Obviously, this is cause for serious concern. Read more about EPM at the links below:
7/26/17 UPDATE: Ethel is able to not only walk around her paddock, but managing a little TROT, too! After just one week of EPM meds she is showing improvement, and the sores on her leg are healing nicely. She still has a long way to go, but we are very excited to see this progress. Huge thanks to our awesome staff and veterinarians… Way to go, #TeamSFSPCA!
8/18/17 UPDATE: Buh bye, EPM! Ethel’s got her balance back and is finishing her last course of meds. She’s been moved into a wonderful stall in the barn which she loves. This morning she was turned out with Mora, minis and other wee ones and celebrated with a lovely trot. Now that she’s more stable on her feet, we’ll soon be able to have her hooves trimmed and her teeth floated, which will help with her ability to eat and gain weight.
10/07/17 UPDATE: Ethel weathered Hurricane Irma locally, and is doing great! She did another round meds for EPM with great results. As you can see from her most recent pictures, she’s gaining weight and her sores have healed. We would love to find a forever home for her as a companion. Ethel is as sweet as they come!
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