MILLSTADT, IL (KPLR) - Jack Sparrow might be underweight but he`s definitely overjoyed with his new home.
The horse is one of nine horses rescued from Louisiana after record flooding in the Crescent State.
'So we use that feed to help rebuilding their body,' says Margot Sutter, Mid-America Horse Rescue Founder. 'So you can see his hip bones are up and his spine is up. That should all be covered nicely with flesh. So he`ll gain about 300 pounds.'
Mid-America Horse Rescue in Millstadt, Illinois has been feeding and nursing back to health this group of horses that would have been slaughtered.
But to add insult to the injured and under fed horses, someone stole their food over the weekend.
'From the flooding in Louisiana and they came to us to be rebuilt and we`re ready to go and someone decided to come in and I don`t know if it went to their own horses who are hungry,' says Sutter. 'Let`s hope and stay on the high road and not being sold to line someone`s pocket for money.'
Two weeks` worth or about $700 in horse food was stolen sometime last weekend. This is the second time the non-profit organization has been hit by vandals.
The group has been making a soft food mixture to help the horses in putting their weight back on.
It`s a slow process that can take months.
'So we soak their food and make a mash and it`s added with vegetable oil and antibiotics because they had a little bit of an upper respiratory infection when they came in,' says Sutter. 'They`re just exhausted. They`ve been through a lot.'
Mid-America Horse Rescue is hoping someone will help them replenish their supply, to get these horses the talc they deserve.
Mid-America Horse Rescue is a non-profit organization solely run by volunteers and donations. If you`d like to help them, log onto their mid America horse rescue Facebook page and click on the donate now button.
The group can also accept checks:
- Mid-America Horse Rescue
- PO Box 1032
- Columbia, IL 62236