Ocala horse owner believes animal was abused with chemicals - FOX 35 News Orlando

Ocala horse owner believes animal was abused with chemical substance

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OCALA, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -

An Ocala horse owner believes someone purposely hurt his horse while his family was away for the weekend.  He hopes the public can help solve the mystery of his horse's injuries.

The 14-year-old mare is being treated at an Ocala horse hospital for a moderate to possibly serious injury to her left side and her left hind leg.  It's an injury that has the sheriff's office asking questions.

Dr. Courtney Varney is treating Sassy at the Ocala Equine Hospital. She cannot say if someone purposely hurt the horse, but it does look like she was exposed to a chemical.  

"It's pretty severe what it's done to her epidermis, and her skin area on her left hind leg, which has caused cellulitis, which causes the limb to blow up, be very painful very hot."

Dr. Todd Overcash owns Sassy.  He keeps her at his girlfriend's place at Meadow Wood Farms in Marion County. The doctor believes someone hurt the horse over the weekend, while she was on a camping trip.  

He says, "Just to see any kind of animal suffer who has no ability to defend himself is very devastating."

Sassy means the world to his girlfriend's four year old son, who is sad to see her hurting.

Overcash adds, "He goes out every morning and he feeds the horse, hugs her, rubs on her and it's like his best friend."

A neighbor reports seeing a man get out of a small red car Friday afternoon, and he spent about twenty minutes on the property where Sassy is kept. That's the only clue in this mystery.  The sheriff's office has not said if they believe a person is to blame for Sassy's injuries but Dr. Overcash believes this was no accident.   

He says, "If someone knows who it is, they need to let us know."

The good news here is that Sassy has moxie and she is hanging in there.  Dr. Varney tells FOX 35 News, "She's easy to work with. She's eating. She's drinking. She's responding to the medications so far already."

Doctors say if Sassy responds well to her treatments, she could be released from the equine hospital later this week.

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