Woody was in simply horrific condition when seized by RSPCA inspectors in June 2016.
The 19-year-old Thoroughbred was so emaciated and skeletal that an attending veterinarian gave him a body score of 0 out of 5 – the lowest possible score.
The scene got worse when Woody’s winter rug was removed. The veterinarian reported “a putrid smell … due to a weeping pressure sore on the point of his wither”.
Woody was so heartbreakingly thin that his rug had literally rubbed holes in his skin across the bones. The old boy was also suffering long and diseased hooves, which he could barely walk on, and had swollen legs and bad teeth.
A second chance at life for Woody
After seizure, Woody was placed with our friends at Windamere Horse Haven, where he has thrived under a nutritious diet and proper stabling conditions.
He also got a new name – the beautiful old boy is now known as Monty. And he’s available for adoption!
“Monty is doing very well. He receives so much TLC and access to fresh, green pasture,” Windamere’s Nicole told us.
“Monty would make a wonderful companion horse. He loves to hang out in his shelter, out of the wind and rain, and is not afraid of dogs, goats or kangaroos.
“He’s also in great condition for a senior horse – there’s no reason why he shouldn’t enjoy several more years with a special human.”
Bringing Woody’s former owner to justice
Meanwhile, we at RSPCA continued our fight to bring Woody’s former owner to justice.
In Mount Barker Magistrates Court on August 30, 2018, the defendant pleaded guilty to neglecting Woody.
She was given a six-month good behaviour bond, ordered to pay $600 in legal and veterinary costs, and banned from owning any horses not already in her care for six months. The magistrate opted not to record a conviction.
We’re sharing Woody’s story as part of our Combat Cruelty campaign. For the first time ever, we’ve released full details of almost every cruelty case we prosecuted last financial year. See the files and take our Combat Cruelty pledge.
RSPCA South Australia is the state’s only animal welfare charity empowered to prosecute animal cruelty under SA’s Animal Welfare Act. If you see animal cruelty or neglect, please immediately call our 24-hour hotline on 1300 4 777 22. Learn more here.