Not long after a Department of Agriculture emergency impoundment, HAHS was called out again for another emergency impoundment - this time through McHenry County Animal Control. A buckskin gelding was down and clearly in pain. Immediately he was put on a rescue glide and into the trailer for a trip up to the University of Wisconsin Madison veterinary hospital. Unfortunately, the buckskin gelding died only 15 minutes upon arrival at the hospital. An autopsy revealed that the buckskin gelding had been colicking for at least 24 hours, if not longer. The owners of the horse are facing charges because they failed to provide veterinary care to prevent suffering.
Also as part of the emergency impound, a thin white baby goat, three thin and mangy potbelly pig crosses, and one mangy and thin red farm hog were also taken back to HAHS for care and treatment. The thin goat was in desperate need of food and water and the four pigs were severely dehydrated and had to be put on a careful re-feeding program. The pigs were also treated for mange. We continue to care and treat for all of these animals. The white baby goat is very friendly and loves attention. The pigs are still a little nervous around people, but are starting to warm up to attention!
Rafiki, one of the potbelly mixes, is doing much better now that he has been treated for mange and is on a regular feeding schedule!