What’s Happening: September 19, 2013


  • The past 24 hours have been one of the darkest days for Suzanne and all the AHAR…
    The past 24 hours have been one of the darkest days for Suzanne and all the AHAR volunteers.

    Last night Suzanne dropped everything to go to Cork and rescue Pride, the poor horse abandoned with a horrible leg injury – left to die and discarded for the meat factory without any thought of her pain and suffering. Working through the night with our wonderful vet Danny, Suzanne got there in time to save Pride’s life and with much love, care and medication, we hope and pray that she will recover from her gruesome injury. But we will face a vets bill of around €1,500 to ensure Pride has the best possible chance of leading a full and healthy life. Picking up the pieces and paying the price of someone else’s cruelty and neglect.

    That was shocking enough.

    But what happened today with a dangerous dog being dumped on AHAR's premises to attack and maim our poor dogs was just so appalling, so abhorrent that it is hard to see the keyboard through the tears. It took us two months before Arion trusted us enough to touch him. During that whole period, while he shied away from human contact, he guarded our equine ‘war horse’ Passion, staying outside her stable and watching her every move. And as he came to realize that we were there to love him, not hurt him, he became such a loving, soft, happy dog, full of joy and learning every day what it meant to be loved. Until today – when he has been torn in pieces by an animal which someone thought it was okay to dump at our premises.

    We will spare no expense in trying to save poor Arion’s life. We have the best vets in Tom and Anita at Ark to look after him. If anyone can save him, they can. We all pray they do.

    Thank you for all your kind words and messages of support. Between Pride and Arion, AHAR are facing huge vets bills. We know times are hard, but if you can spare any amount towards their veterinary treatment, please donate through the following link – http://ahar.ie/donate/

  • Suzanne here. Sorry there is no updates. My heart is broken. I promise i'll do a…
    Suzanne here. Sorry there is no updates. My heart is broken. I promise i'll do all the updates tomorrow. Its been a horrible 24hrs. I need time with the animals right now xx
  • We have had devastating news for Arion (Passions dog) Someone dumped a rottie/co…
    We have had devastating news for Arion (Passions dog) Someone dumped a rottie/collie at our gate. He walked into our farm and started attacking our dogs that were loose. Some of my own dogs tried to fight him off but he started ripping Arion around like a rag. I had to pull him off while he bit me and tore my hands. Thanks to Danny and Tommy who was here to help me we managed to get Arion to safety while I fought off this dog. Arion is now fighting for his life at the Ark vets thank god Tom and Anita are both with him. He has huge tears in four places, he is very battered and has a 50/50 chance. We are all in shock and very upset. Dottie has one tear, Dinny has a cut on his ear and Rose has a mark on her nose. My god what kind of monster dumps a dog like that at my gate? Without warning or even asking me to take him? He is now running in the direction of Killarney from Gneeveguilla. Two of my volunteers are after him. The dog wardens have been warned please if you see him don't go near him. Call us 0861076729. He is very dangerous. Black with medium hair, the size of a lab with tan markings like a rottie.
    Please pray or send healing for Arion, he now needs a miracle. The whole of AHAR is in tears.

  • Just 3 more Friends of AHAR Patrons needed now to reach the incredible figure of…
    Just 3 more Friends of AHAR Patrons needed now to reach the incredible figure of 250!!

    The Friends of AHAR Patron scheme has been one of the bedrocks of our fund-raising towards the Purchase Fund for our permanent new AHAR Rescue Centre (30 acres of land and great outbuildings including an indoor arena and 28 stables).

    You can become a Friends of AHAR Patron by making a donation of €100 or more through this link button – http://on.ahar.ie/patron

    AHAR has Patrons from all over the world, including Australia, France, Germany, Holland, the US and Australia, plus virtually every county in Ireland and Britain is represented at this stage!

    So, if you haven’t already done, please help us to reach our target of 250 Patrons by signing up (with a group of friends or family members even) as a Friends of AHAR Patron – thank you!

    If you wish, you may record your Patronage in memory of a deceased relative or pet (just leave a note when making the donation). All Patrons will be acknowledged on our Patrons Wall which will be located in the reception area of our new property.

  • This pug Buster needs to get to Arklow to his new forever home. He is in Co Offa…
    This pug Buster needs to get to Arklow to his new forever home. He is in Co Offaly at the moment.

    Is there anybody going on an part of this trip please phone this number to make arrangements.

    0860561186 thank you and please share.

  • Its time to say good night (thank god, we are so tired). Its been another advent…
    Its time to say good night (thank god, we are so tired). Its been another adventure for AHAR but Pride is so worth it. She is so sweet and loving, not like a young filly but more like a horse who has been to hell and back at ten years old and was so relieved to be in our care. She tucks her little face into your arm for a hug and a bit of love. She is a heart breaker.
    I just want to thank Jenny who is a serious friend of AHAR and the horses in need in Cork. Only for Jenny this filly would have died a painful death. We don't think she would have made it to slaughter, but would have died in the field.
    To Danny Holmes all I can say is, thank you for waiting up for us and Pride. For taking so much time tonight to care for her and for offering to keep her in your beautiful home to recover.
    She now is in the best place she could hope for, and we could not wish for a better start for this stunning little girl who got lost and left behind in this dreadful time of animal cruelty.
    Someone put her mum in foal. Someone paid for the use of the stallion. Someone watched her grow. Someone watched Pride walk up the ramp of a meat truck. That someone should be ashamed, but your not. But I hope you watch while I care for her and give her the fairy tale ending that you took from her.
    We called her Pride, because she is still proud. You didn't break her spirit. You just broke your own soul. Pity you don't know it yet.
    More updates on Pride tomorrow xx

  • A much happier girl. On pain relief and loads of strong meds.
    So this is what D…

    A much happier girl. On pain relief and loads of strong meds.
    So this is what Danny had to say…
    Shes about 1.5 yrs old. Presented with superficial injury to candal aspect of right off hind. Oedema extended from fetlock to hock.
    Two capped hocks and one old injury at near fore pastern.
    The plan is to debride wound, scan tendon and treat with medicines and bandaging. Overall outlook reasonably good for return to function and light use.
    In other words, he thinks she will make a good recovery.

  • Danny cut as much proud flesh off as he could. At least now its clean and fresh.
    Danny cut as much proud flesh off as he could. At least now its clean and fresh.

  • The wound after Danny washed it. This poor filly. The pain she must have been in…
    The wound after Danny washed it. This poor filly. The pain she must have been in. Danny said the wound is a few weeks old.

  • Next he sedates her so he can clean her wound to see how much damage is done to…
    Next he sedates her so he can clean her wound to see how much damage is done to her leg.

  • Danny Holmes our vet meets pride and starts his prognosis.
    Its 2am and we are o…

    Danny Holmes our vet meets pride and starts his prognosis.
    Its 2am and we are only leaving Danny now. What an amazing vet.



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