“They abandoned me like trash and picked me up like I was treasure.” River was an abandoned horse who was left on the street as garbage, but was rescued by noble hearts.
River, the horse that was abandoned like garbage
This is the story of River, a horse that was found and rescued by César García and his little boy, while both were taking a walk in the vicinity of Grayson Road, in Modesto, California, United States.
The poor animal was in terrible condition lying on the ground, left to fend for itself by some unscrupulous and ruthless person. According to witnesses, nothing was clear about the four-legged animal’s history. They only caught a glimpse of a trailer full of horses, pulled by a dark-colored truck, followed by a gray minivan.
The equine had several open wounds on its body and looked truly distressed, so Garcia immediately called the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department to report the situation and, within minutes, several deputies were on the scene to help the unfortunate victim.
The culprit was nowhere to be seen, however, someone heard the story and immediately called Bobbie Carne, who has been helping and rescuing animals of all kinds for 20 years.
Despite her experience, Carne could not believe her eyes. The condition of the animal was truly amazing. His face and side showed signs of having been tied up and dragged by whoever brought him there.
Carne joined the officers in the park and they began to work out a plan to get River the help he needed. Another man who noticed the situation returned to the scene with a double-wide trailer and together they were able to get River on his feet, get him on the trailer and transport him to Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Turlock.
Dr. Rebecca Curry was in charge of treating River’s wounds, medicating and nourishing him at a steady, but balanced pace, as feeding him too quickly could cause the animal to go into shock.
The story was shared by both Carne and Garcia on their social media accounts, prompting thousands of expressions of support from users. In fact, for Bryen Camden, of Riverbank, the reaction was the determination to: give River a better life.
Upon seeing the post, the woman, who already has two rescued horses, approached Carne and told him she would take care of River once she was out of veterinary care.
For her part, Camden decided to keep River’s name, but added Maximus, to show the inner strength the horse has shown so far.
Fortunately, thanks to Garcia’s complaint and the prompt response of the authorities, River recovered and now looks strong, his coat shines and he is very happy in his new home.