In order to get to know the groups that the Beading Divas raise money for, we ask them to share a story. This was submitted by a HEART of Tucson volunteer.
At the end of July, HEART received a call about another horse found in the “Dog Patch”, an area just to the east of the Tucson Airport.
The woman who reported it told HEART there was a horse falling down and out on a road, perhaps colicing.
By the time HEART volunteers arrived, the sheriff and an officer from the Animal Cruelty Task Force were already there. The woman who reported him found out where he came from and that he had broken through a fence. Walking around the property, they found his water was green, full of algae. His enclosure had barbed wire and metal gates. They looked around the property to see what he was being fed and found moldy corn stalks and also discovered they were giving him beer. The owners claimed to do so because he was colicing.
The poor horse was drunk and stumbling.
He had wounds on his face and body, which were a week or two old. Bad scars were under his stomach The people claimed the horse was not theirs and that they were keeping him for a year. The so-called owners gladly gave him up, and the sheriff gave HEART the ok to take him, so into the trailer he went.
When the horse was brought to the HEART facility, his temperature was 104 degrees. A volunteer stayed up all night giving him Banamine and kept applying water sheets to get his temperature down.
Since this horse was so close to death, HEART thought they could bring this horse back to life, so they decided to name him “Lazarus” after the biblical story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.
The next morning, Dr. Michael Hutchinson came out and did a blood draw. Lazarus was immediately put on antibiotics and his facial and body wounds were treated with Vetericyn.
The next day, the results of his blood test were in — his white blood cell count was at 1,000 (a healthy horse would be 12,000). The vet was very concerned because he couldn’t believe this horse was still alive. They added Naxel shots twice per day, UlcerGard for the ulcers in his stomach, and a ‘rescue bucket’ of equine senior, red cell, rice bran, psyllium and electrolytes three times per day, plus alfalfa and bermuda hay.
Lazarus’ demeanor was lethargic, but sweet.
A week later as he started to get better, his energy level increased. Dr. Hutchinson had to leave town, so did another blood draw before he left. The next day HEART got back the blood results and his white blood cell count was at 8,500! The regimen of medicine and special diet continued. After only three weeks, his scabs were off and his hair grew back. After six weeks, you couldn’t even see signs of his ugly past on his skin.
Lazarus was most recently used by John Lyons at the Southern Arizona Equine Expo in January during one of his demonstrations. He has since found a wonderful new forever home on 40 acres in Sonoita.
Lazarus is truly a black beauty!
We love a happy ending! Please buy a one-of-kind bracelet or three ($20 each). They make great gifts as they are made with beautiful donated beads and plenty of heart.
In Tucson, you can buy them at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue or Dirty Dawgs Dog Wash, 2510 N. Campbell Ave.
You can buy them online (add $3 shipping & handling).
If you’re the Arizona Animal Fair on March 5 at Reid Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can buy the bracelets directly from HEART of Tucson.