The horse was hitched to a rickety, overloaded wagon when he fell down under his cruel burden. On Sept. 22, Rafael’s story from Juarez, Mexico, reached the media and a video of his ordeal became a focus on Facebook for many animal lovers. Rafael, considered a beast of burden in Mexico like so many countless other unfortunate horses and donkeys, was forced to labor daily pulling an insanely heavy load. Finally, Rafael was unable to take even another step, and he collapsed. The small, emaciated horse received no kind encouragement to rise and try again, nor did his handler unbuckle the harness. Instead Rafael was brutally beaten.
When bystanders-turned-Samaritans observed the ruthless beating of Rafael, they called police. One individual purchased the horse on the spot for $200. It took nearly one hour to get Rafael out of his “harness” that appeared to have been formed around his body – it appeared to have never been removed in years. The poor horse’s body was covered with new and old wounds from both the harness and the beatings.
Three rescue groups immediately began their good work on behalf of Rafael. Both Compassion Without Borders and Aprodea [Juarez-based animal group] got Rafael immediate emergency treatment. Center for Animal Protection & Education [CAPE] Animal Sanctuary and the Compassion Without Borders groups “raised money for the horse’s continued care and his transfer to California.”
But Rafael’s story, unlike so many others of this type, has a happy ending! The little horse that tried hard to continue pulling the heavy wagon, and struggle with the heartless beatings, has been saved.
With Rafael’s future hopefully forever secure, he is moving to California on Sept. 27 to a new home where he can live out his natural life in tranquility at the Center for Animal Protection & Education Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA. Based on accounts by source Mercury News, Rafael is improving already with veterinary care and good feed.
JP Novic who is CAPE’s executive director said
Rafael has lived a life of misery both physically and mentally. Once he arrives, he will be under the care of our veterinarian. Rafael’s blood work has revealed several health challenges he faces, including kidney disease and severe malnutrition.
CAPE volunteers and Novic are eager to welcome Rafael to his new home where the he will receive much love, attention and vet-approved treats. He will be free to live the rest of his life as a happy horse, no longer cruelly burdened by unreasonable loads and inhumane treatment and beatings.
JP Novic, CAPE executive director, said Rafael will be under the care of a veterinarian, and CAPE volunteers are anxious to shower Rafael with the love he has been denied, as well as as many treats as the vet approves.
A CAPE welcoming committee for Rafael is fielding calls from volunteers and supporters who want to be on hand to greet him to his forever home in California.
It is the CAPE’s mission to save animal lives and to educate people to make the right choices to eliminate animal suffering.
CAPE sponsors, supports and produces educational programs designed to inform people about issues animals face in society today. CAPE’s philosophy affirms that all animals have the right to a long, full life, free from pain and suffering.
The CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA, was founded in 2012 with special focus on animals with special needs and a burro rescue program. Dozens of happy animals now call the sanctuary home.
Readers are invited to visit CAPE’s website and learn more about the group’s work and especially about the Animal Film Festival that is one of CAPE’s most important educational outreach events.
CAPE has created a petition urging Juarez Mayor Enrique Serrano to implement humane standards for working horses, mules and donkeys. SIGN THE PETITION! Help stop the abuse of these working animals in Juarez, Mexico!