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Starving horse gets a second chance at life

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MEGGETT, S.C. (WCIV) -- With bones protruding and sunken eyes, a Lowcountry horse named 'Play It Again Sam' is recovering from starvation.

"When he comes up to you and you see how emaciated he is, it is heartbreaking," said Elizabeth Steed of L.E.A.R.N Horse Rescue in Meggett. "Obviously he has missed a lot of meals and his hooves have not been done in a long time."

'Play It Again Sam' is the latest starvation case for the L.E.A.R.N center, coming into their care last week. Steed said he's one of four starved horses they’ve taken in since February.

"This is an unusual case, and we've had more of them this year, because in the summertime with the grass as green as it is we don't normally see starvation cases as much," she said.

Play It Again Sam's body was lacking nutrients. So much so, that it was eating itself when he arrived in Steed's care.

"Basically, they go into re-feeding syndrome because they use all of the muscle and fat to stay alive and unfortunately the heart being a muscle is affected."

With L.E.A.R.N Horse Rescue's help, 'Play It Again Sam' is expected to make a full recovery after $2,000 dollars worth of treatment and anywhere from 30 to 60 days. Steed said 'Play It Again Sam' was a lucky one, with a neighbor reporting his malnourishment to animal control. But that's not always the case.

"We have so many people call us saying, 'I don't want to get involved, my neighbor will get mad; I don’t want to start any trouble.' When you are saying that those horses are going without water, food, it is 110 degrees. They don’t have water, shelter. We need people to be more pro-active," Steed said.

To donate and learn more about L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue efforts, click here.


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