BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A horse on the brink of death now has a shot at survival, thanks to a local organization.
The horse, named “Star,” was first spotted on Craigslist in an ad, according to rescuers. The ad read in part: “Free horse... I don’t know what’s wrong with her. If you can help her, you can have her.”
A concerned citizen saw the post and immediately went to get the horse. She then called Fighting Chance Rescue for help.
Rescuers took the horse into their care Wednesday night. A team of people unloaded Star from a trailer on a stretcher and then placed her in a sling in the stable.
Kimberly Kinder, the president of the rescue, says Star is lucky to be alive as she is too weak to even walk or stand on her own.
“She’s in danger of possibly dying of starvation," Kinder said.
Horses are rated on a body scale of one to 10, Kinder said, with one being extremely underweight and 10 being obese. She described Star as a one.
“A one is a dire situation, and I don’t know how anybody could let their horse get like that," Kinder said. "We know she’s two-years-old and 400 pounds, which is about 500 pounds under what she should be.”
Kinder said there is an investigation.
“We want to see people prosecuted," she said. "We want people to pay for what they did to these horses.”
Star is already on IV fluids. Through volunteers and cameras, rescuers said she will be getting around-the-clock care.
Kinder said she will even be sleeping in the stable.
“Our hope is to get her up, get her healthy, find her a home," Kinder said.
Additional information about the investigation and possible criminal charges has not been released.