Richmond, VA – A badly neglected and malnourished horse who underwent a “Hail Mary” surgery to save her life has passed away. The horse, June, had eaten sand in a desperate attempt to save her own life and surgery was necessary to remove the 30+ pounds of it from her intestines.
June initially seemed to have fared well after the surgery, but Richmond Animal Care and Control updated concerned followers about the sad turn she took on Friday, writing:
We are devastated to share that June is no longer with us. 💔😭💔 She was acting colicky this morning and our vet did an ultrasound, belly tap, and passed a tube. Ultrasound showed free fluid and sone very sad small intestine and colon. The belly tap was quite abnormal, and we were concerned she had thrombosed part of her colon. We opted to go back into surgery to confirm our suspicion and June was compromised beyond what we felt comfortable putting her through.
The agency said:
While we are shattered we couldn’t save her life, we are grateful she didn’t colic and die alone with no one to help her. Thanks to each of you for your kindness and support during this crazy roller coaster ride. We are mad and sad and angry and thankful all at the same time and above all, we hope she is flying free in heaven. 💜