Couple in southwest Manitoba charged with abusing horse

Melita RCMP posted images of a neglected horse found in a field near the southwest Manitoba town. Twitter / @rcmpmb

In a tragic turn of events, an elderly horse rescued from a paddock in Melita had to be put down.

An RCMP officer found the 35-year-old Appaloosa mare, Foxy Lady, starving in a field off of Highway 256 South April 6.

Cst. Kristin Foreman said the horse was in clear need of help, and had no food, water or shelter in sight.

“I could tell Foxy was in distress and starving,” Cst. Foreman said. “Her bones were protruding and she was not doing well.”

With the help of nearby residents, Cst. Foreman had the mare brought to Virden for emergency veterinary care.

“She was so small and so sick. There was nothing nearby that she needed for her survival,” Cst. Foreman said.

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RCMP found Foxy Lady in a field near Melita, , in the Rural Municipality of Arthur. Vets were unable to save the animal.

An investigation was launched, and Foxy Lady’s owners were charged with several offences under the Animal Care Act.

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Sadly, on April 25, several vets made the decision to put the mare down due to her severe health complications.

RCMP said further charges may be pending.

The information was shared on social media via Twitter.

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