Tyler is assessed at NCSU - Large Animal Hospital.
While coming into our busiest time of the year for equine neglect cases, USERL was contacted by a NC county on April 4th asking for assistance with an abandoned horse. The horse was found in someone's pasture early that morning. Covered in mud and very thin with severely infected wounds on his legs and body, he needed immediate assistance. USERL brought a vet to assess him to see what he would need.
The vet had difficulty in completing a full examination due to the mud and debris on the leg wounds, but felt a complete exam at a referral clinic would help all decide in how best to help this horse, whether it be treatment or humane euthanasia to end his suffering. He was young, alert and grateful for the help he was receiving. The vet treated him for the night with pain meds and a USERL investigator fed him a "mush". The next morning he was transported to NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Nicknamed "Tyler" by his transporters, he arrived at NCSU and was thoroughly evaluated. Tyler had two old, severely infected wounds on his legs: one on the front right and another on the left hind. Other wounds were present over his body, but these were found to be the most serious. After diagnostics were completed, options were discussed. None of the options held much hope for Tyler to recover with a good quality of life. It was decided that the best option was to humanely euthanize him to end his suffering. Tyler was only two years old.
This update doesn't sound like it has a happy ending, but it does. Or at least a peaceful ending. Some horses come to USERL too broken to mend or too tired to fight. Tyler was one of those. But we can still give them the gift of ending their suffering humanely. Your generous donations to this project allowed USERL to accept him into our program, to give him a thorough evaluation of his injuries and health, and lastly, to give him a peaceful death when recovery was found to be unlikely. Tyler was bathed and pampered, fed carrots/apples/sweetfeed and hay before releasing him from his pain. Your donation gave him comfort and release.
As we continue to deal with the decrease in donations, the poor economy and the rising feed/hay costs, it is our hope that you will continue to support this program and help many more horses. Most horses do recover and thrive in our program, going on to be adopted into new, loving homes. A few, like Tyler, need our help to end their suffering. Help us help them when they need us the most. Donate today and make a difference!
Thank you for your support!
Vets and Techs clip and clean the numerous wounds.