If you can imagine a full grown horse so skinny that Rob and one other man could lift it up and put it on the trailer then you can understand why two had to be euthanized. After months of care and feeding, medicine, and ferrier care, the owner was charged and fined. Unfortunately, along with the fine, the owner was forced to pay a small amount of restitution to all foster homes and then was awarded the horses back!
The owner contacted us personally and asked us to testify in court about two of his abused horses that had been euthanized, and in return he would let us keep the two we sponsored. He also informed us that if we did not comply, all of the horses would be auctioned off to be sent for slaughter in Mexico. This was now a case where we had to turn our heads and realize the situation was sadly out of our hands.
There was no way we would go to court and say good things about this man and speak bad upon those who helped end an era of pain for the horses. What was done was necessary and the only comfort we can find in it now is that the horses are no longer suffering.