From: www.kcra.com Mike Luery
GRASS VALLEY, Calif —In Grass Valley on Sunday, more than two dozen people gathered to welcome the rescue of Rafael, a malnourished and mistreated work horse from Mexico.
Rafael arrived via horse trailer and will have sanctuary now at CAPE, the Center for Animal Protection and Education in Grass Valley, after a 1,200-mile rescue mission from Mexico.
The 12-year-old quarter horse worked the streets of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, where he was permanently harnessed to a rickety old cart and forced to haul heavy loads of scrap metal.
His rescuers said he was often brutally beaten.
“He was basically what they call a beast of burden,” said Dr. Christi Camblor, a veterinarian with Compassion Without Borders, a non-profit group helping animals in the United States and Mexico.
“He would carry huge hauls of metal around the city, so he was basically loaded up with all the weight he could possibly bear,” Camblor said.
“He also has some chronic kidney issues which may be due to chronic malnutrition and dehydration,” Camblor said. “Even now he’s a few hundred pounds heavier than when we rescued him and he’s still a few hundred pounds underweight.”
Compassion Without Borders and CAPE hired Mexican veterinarian Dr. Sergio Jurado to rescue Rafael from Mexico and transport him to California. “He was on the streets all day, overloaded and bad treated,” Jurado said.
“You know it’s real common down there,” Jurado said.
Now that he’s in Grass Valley, Rafael will see an American veterinarian on Monday, thanks to CAPE.
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