Sweet Relief! Horse Named Sugar Rescued After Almost Starving to Death
Photos — Courtesy of MSPCA-Angell
METHUEN, Massachusetts — A dying horse found in a stall is now on her way to a sanctuary.
When Sugar, a 14-year-old mare, arrived at The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen on Dec. 15, she had been forgotten and was extremely emaciated.
Sugar scored a one on the Henneke horse body mass score, which is the lowest score that a horse can receive.
Last year, the MSPCA received a report that Sugar's owner, who had dementia, was forgetting to feed her. A team from the MSPCA visited the Middlesex County property to find a deteriorating Sugar in her stall.
According to the MSPCA, no charges have been filed against the owner due to her medical condition.
Sugar is on a feeding routine at MSPCA Nevins Farm to help her gain around 200 pounds.
In addition to the mare's emaciation, she also has a heart murmur. Which means that the chances of Sugar getting adopted are slim.
As a result, the farm said once Sugar has reached a safe weight of 900 pounds, she will be transferred to Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, to live the rest of her life with other rescued farm animals.
Sugar is just one of many animals The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen has rescued in the past month.
On Dec. 27, 26 farm animals were rescued from a farm in central Massachusetts. The 26 animals has challenged the farm's resources and the MSPCA has reached out to the public for support.
Whether its adoption or monetary donations, the MSPCA is looking for help to make the animals lives as comfortable as possible.
In fact, an Alpaca named Robby was recently adopted
Readers who wish to contribute to Sugar’s ongoing care, and the care of animals like her, can donate here.
Here is an updated picture of Sugar.