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Community comes together to save life of pony

Updated: Tuesday, April 8 2014, 06:58 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A community has come together to save the life of a pony that was rescued from starvation, neglect and disease.
“Moochie” the pony was purchased from the YMCA Tippecanoe Camp in Canton, Ohio. His new owners say when they picked up Moochie he was in very poor condition.
“Very, very thin,” said Melanee Sinclair, Moochie’s owner. “We were so concerned when we bought him our friends took him straight to the vet hospital because we didn't think he could make the trailer ride here,” Sinclair said.

Amy McGreal is Bethany College’s barn manager and helps take care of Moochie. She said she couldn’t believe Moochie’s condition.

“Very underweight, covered in feces and his tail was frozen solid,” McGreal said. “Moochie was also infested with parasites which is probably the cause of the diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome that he had.”

Moochie stayed a week in the hospital and has been being nursed back to health for the last 9 weeks at the Oglebay Stables.

“He got to the point he could lay down, but he had no muscle tone to lift himself up so someone stayed with him for 3 weeks, 24 hours a day,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair said members of the community helped out.

“We'd put the call out and people would come from the college, the community and the park to help lift him,” Sinclair said.

Community comes together to save life of pony

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