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FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - Amanda Mullen has been taking care of twister for ten years.

It was October 2006 when a twist of fate and horrendous highway accident brought these two together.

'There was a double decker semi-trailer that had wrecked on I-44 and we needed to spring into action,' says Amanda Mullen, Director Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

Longmeadow Rescue Ranch near Union, Missouri was the first ones to get the call.

That`s because this 165 acre ranch takes in unwanted and neglected animals of all kind.

'We get chickens, peacocks, goats, sheep, llamas and cattle, donkeys, a huge variety of animals,' says Mullen.

But nothing had prepared them for emergency response in October 2006.

'So we were doing tons of wound treatment,' says Mullen.  'It was an entire day of wrapping legs and treating them.  So it was very different for us and a learning experience.'

The comprehensive rehabilitation center was able to save 26 out of 42 horses.  They were also able to adopt or place every one of them, including a pregnant horse and her foal, named Twist of Fate, or Twister for short.

These days he`s a barn buddy appearing at events and also used to help train other horses, for second chances and new careers in life.

'There were amazing horses that came out of this wreck and they`re useful and are in great homes and people are enjoying them,' says Mullen.  'So it definitely shows that not all the horses bound for slaughter are injured or not useable.'

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