|UPDATE (12/16): It is with great sadness that
we report this beautiful little half Pinto, half Arabian gelding was shipped
to a Texas slaughterhouse last week. AOLer Michelle French had wanted
him but we were told someone else had spoken for him ... but that someone
else never came through to claim him. He was beginning to get sick
at the feedlot, so when the truck pulled up, he was loaded and taken away.
It is a given that this will happen sometimes, but the thought of the fate
he now faces is heartbreaking. Following is Michelle's post from the AOL
message boards about her lost companion:
I only want to ask for one thing this Christmas.
Could you please, PLEASE watch over the little (almost) black and white pinto
gelding that was shipped to slaughter? Could you make sure that he is at
least somewhat comfortable on that long ride to Texas, that his companions
do not trample him on the ride down? Could you make sure that he gets his
share of food and water, and that he gets a dry, clean paddock that is not
too crowded when he gets down there?
And can you comfort him for me, and make sure he is not afraid? And see that
his illness (which doomed him) is enough to make him groggy enough not to
worry, but not so bad it hurts?
And one last thing....this is a big request, but it means so much to me...can
you fly down there really quick, and give him a hug for me, and tell him
that, if he wants, he can wait at the Rainbow Bridge for me....he doesn't
have to be left out.
Tell him someone DID care.
Michelle & Gang