Back in March, News15 told you about an animal cruelty case out of St. Landry Parish.
9 horses, severely emaciated to the point where animal control workers say were on the brink of death. One of those horses, Dakota, needed more help than the others. If you remember, Dakota, now given the nick name “Ding Dong”, had an accident that injured his genitalia that was never taken care of. While the St. Landry Parish Animal Control was trying to get him back to health, they knew this horse would also need a major surgery.
“People would stop and be like “I know that horse, I knew the owner!'” said Stacey Alleman-McKnight, Director of SLPAC, “They could not believe this is what happened to him.”
Like most of the animals that come to St. Landry Parish Animal Control, they were once loved.
“His owner was killed and somehow the horse kind of disappeared and he re-appeared in the middle of a cruelty case.” said Alleman-McKnight.
In the case was Dakota and 8 other horses.
“They had been completely starved, literally to death.” said Alleman-McKnight, “They were eating the wood off of their enclosure, living in their own feces.”
Those 8 horses were given a second chance.
“The rest have all gone on into rescue, we are very happy about that.” said Alleman-McKnight
Except for Dakota, he had to stay behind.
“Unfortunately he had severe damage to his male member.” said Alleman-McKnight, “You don’t see this often. But, it probably happened during a breeding accident and it was never fixed. Everybody’s first thought was to euthanize, but we’ve come so far.”
But now, with the help of the LSU veterinary clinic, he’ll no longer be in pain.
“The surgery is extremely expensive. We started getting in funding to help support him” said Alleman-McKnight, “We’re kinda super excited because after surgery, he will be appointed to come back in the parish and he will become one of our parish office horses. So he will retain his life here at the shelter and will be one of the mounted horses we use.”
Dakota, AKA “Ding Dong”, will finally be getting the love and care he so desperately deserves.
“To see him come back to life and to an animal and not be put down is the most rewarding of all of this.” said Alleman-McKnight, “We don’t win the war all the time but sometimes we win the little wars. You really have to be blessed to win those.”
Stacey says Dakota has come out of surgery and it was a success! All that’s left now is recovery. The total bill of his surgery is $1800.
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