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Neglected Horse Now Healthy, Ready for Adoption

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A mare found nearly starved to death in Campo has been nursed back to health in the care of the County Department of Animal Services and is available for adoption.

“The ‘before and after’ pictures of the horse are extremely dramatic. All she needed was someone to care enough to feed her,” said John Carlson, Deputy Director for County Animal Services.

“She is just a sweetheart, and there is no excuse for the treatment she received.”

Animal Control Officers went to a corral in Campo after receiving a report from the U.S. Border Patrol about a severely neglected horse and dead foal. The mare’s foal appeared to have been dead for some time. The horse had no water available and the hay in the corral was just out of the reach of the horse.

Criminal charges have been filed by the District Attorney’s Office against the owner, Derek Boyd, for animal neglect. He has been arraigned and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 21.

The horse was forfeited under the law. Animal Services is looking to place her into a loving home with someone who knows how to care for horses.

Applications and Sealed Bid forms are available at any County animal shelter or on the Animal Services’ Web site at

Forms must be received by September 18. The winning qualified bidder will be notified the following day.

Below are before and after photos of the horse available for adoption.