BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - A 6-year-old thoroughbred horse who was found abandoned in and near death at a farm in Bethel last December is now in need of a home.
"Stanley was severely malnourished and was hundreds of pounds underweight when he came to us," said veterinarian Dr. Brenda Specht. "I am so proud of his progress; he is such a beautiful animal and has come so far. Stanley is now ready to find a forever home."
Stanley stands a majestic 16 hands and 3 inches (around 5'7" at his shoulder) and is a dark bay color with a small patch of white on his forehead.
"Stanley is like a giant puppy dog," said Dr. Specht. "He follows me around. He's always curious and is quite gentle. Stanley has responded quite well to basic training; in the proper hands this could be a wonderful show horse."
Stanley needs an owner that has the correct facilities to care for him, including land and a barn.
"His new owner will also need to be experienced in training inexperienced horses," she said. "I don't think he has ever had a bit in his mouth or a rider on his back. He is doing well on a lead and I think he is more than ready to take the next step."
The Clermont County Animal Shelter is now accepting applications to adopt Stanley There is a $250 adoption fee and the prospective owner will have to have the right training and facilities to take care of him.
For more information about adopting Stanley or any of the other animals currently housed with the Clermont County Animal Shelter, call (513) 732-8854. The shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Special arrangements will need to be made to visit with Stanley.