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Rescued horse dies from extreme weight loss, owner blames camp

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 06:26 PM EDT


A rescue pony we told you about a few weeks ago has passed away. Moochie was adopted by the Sinclair family, from the YMCA's Camp Tippecanoe in January.

Saturday he suddenly passed away from organ damage caused by extreme weight loss.

Melanee Sinclair said the pony had a body condition of level one, the worst condition, and had lost around 300 to 400 pounds.

"What we understand happened is he was infested with worms and parasites that produced a problem with his gut, and he got irritable bowel syndrome and no matter what he ate he couldn't metabolize it," said Sinclair.

Sinclair said she contacted the camp's parent company in Canton, but got no results.

"They informed us Friday they weren't interested in meeting with us," said Sinclair.

NEWS9 contacted the camp, but got no reply.

Sinclair said she's concerned about other animals living at the camp.

Moochie is now buried at Oglebay Park and the Sinclair family said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

"The community came together," said Sinclair. "When we needed help lifting him, when we needed him hauled someone was here."

The Sinclairs are starting a nonprofit to help prevent situations like this one from happening in the future.

We will have more information on how you can help soon.





Rescued horse dies from extreme weight loss, owner blames camp

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