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HEART of Tucson horse rescue – bracelet fundraiser – March 2011

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Picked up at Dog Patch

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.

Raising  Lazarus
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!

Lazarus is 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.


  1. Kate K
    Kate K

    Lazurus does look like Black Beauty! Thanks to all the wonderful people who saved him and found him a forever home. You are angels.

    March 1, 2011
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