It’s always sad to see an animal in pain, but what happens when its owner simply gives up on the poor creature, letting nature take its course? Recently, the St. Landry Parish Animal Control officers found a sick mare aimlessly wondering the streets of Opelousas.
St. Landry Mare Diagnosed with Metastasized Eye Cancer
After rescuing the obviously distressed mare, the St. Landry Parish Animal Control workers decided that it’s only fitting to give her a name to celebrate her new life. The mare was name Eva, short for Evangeline.
Rescuers also determined that she was 15 years of age and baffling enough, her last owner was so hellbent of getting rid of Eva, that he stuck a $15 label on her.
After a close physical examination, the rescuers understood why – Eva had a nasty cut on her leg. Unfortunately, that was the list of her problems. Vets determined that the St. Landry sick mare also had eye cancer. The affected eye was surgically removed, but Eva had secondary metastasis to her sinus.
Stacey McKnight, St. Landry Parish Animal Control Center’s spokesperson, declared that considering the mare’s condition, she isn’t shocked by the $15 tag.
Had she stayed with the Animal Control Center, Eva would have been eventually put them, since her condition requires around the clock medical attention and expensive medication.
Fortunately for Eva, Melissa, an animal lover and the owner of The Devoted Barn, accepted to adopt her and to do everything in her power to treat the sick mare or to at least make her comfortable. McKnight also stated that Melissa has a vet standing-by to determine Eva’s treatment.
Even though Eva had a kind fate, not all animals placed in the St. Landry Parish Animal Control’s care are so fortunate. With funding being insufficient, the shelter is relying heavily on animal lovers’ donations.
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