A 12 year old quarter horse named Raphael who was terribly abused by his owner in Juarez, Mexico is now in an animal sanctuary in Grass Valley. Shelley Frost is with CAPE , the Center for Animal Protection and Education in Grass Valley, and says it was a good Samaritan that rescued the horse after he witnessed Raphael on his knees, harnessed to a rickety old cart loaded with heavy scrap metal.
A veterinarian with Compassion Without borders, in Mexico contacted CAPE in Grass Valley to see if they could take Raphael. CAPE has rescued Burrow’s before but Raphael is their first horse.
Frost says it took 3 months to get Raphael to a point where he could physically make the trip from Juarez to Grass Valley. He arrived yesterday to a crowd of well wishers.
Frost says they have high hopes for the horses recovery. Raphael is already eating regular horse food and the Veterinarian will be visiting him today and put him on a wellness plan. Raphael now has his own page on the Cape website which is www.capeanimals.org.