Rescued Horse Gracie Celebrates Her First BirthdayPosted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on May 21, 2010
It was the dead of winter and the grass was eaten down to the ground – there was no sign of edible hay anywhere on the Wake County, North Carolina property. The eight horses being kept on the property had been eating bark off the trees in a desperate attempt to get something into their stomachs.
Lacy, an Arabian mare, was pregnant and close to death from colic and the burden of carrying a foal with no food or nutritional support. She was in such an advanced state of malnutrition and starvation that her hip bones, backbone and ribs were all protruding from her body. In December 2008, the starving horses were seized from the field and Lacy was rushed to the North Carolina State College School of Veterinary Medicine for critical care. Thanks to a combined effort by Wake County’s animal cruelty investigator, the United States Equine Rescue League and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Lacy was nursed back to health and gave birth to a beautiful foal, Gracie, on May 21, 2009.
We are delighted to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday with you, our members and supporters – the very people who made Lacy and the other horses’ rescue possible, and who named Gracie.
Because of your generous support, both Lacy and Gracie are now thriving and living with loving families who adore and cherish them. Never again will Lacy feel the excruciating pain of starvation, nor will Gracie ever experience the heartbreaking neglect her mother endured.
Send a birthday wish to Gracie and enjoy these recent photos of the birthday girl frolicking with her friends!
A huge thanks to Jennifer for sending us these wonderul photos and video of the birthday