UPDATES ON CHARLIE: Please scroll down to see Charlie's progress as he fights to recover from his burns.
June 14: Fire swept through the mountain pasture on Sunday afternoon - June 12, 2011. 380 acres were destroyed. 23 horses were evacuated to safety. But Charlie Horse was not so lucky. He was frightened and turned back into the fire. Charlie was badly burned on his hind quarters, under his arms, private parts area, nose, and feet. The hair was singed over the rest of his body.
Friends, neighbors, and strangers helped moved these horses off the pasture to safety. Thank you to all who came to our aid. We are grateful to all who made a donation. We thank Dr. Dusti Prentice of Southern Arizona Equine and Cochise Animal Hospital for treating Charlie Horse and giving him a chance at recovery. And we thank Care for the Horses under the direction of Ann Jost. We appreciate all who called or sent e-mails expressing concern and offering to help. This will be a lengthy recovery for Horse'n Around Rescue. We appreciate your ongoing support.
The pasture that was home to the rescue horses is charred... their home is gone... their food source no longer exists. They need your help right away.
Donations to support the efforts of Horse’n Around Rescue are gratefully accepted at:
Chase Bank: 3932 E Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636
-Donation to Horse’n Around Rescue Account Number 2990910388 *Please include your name, phone number, & mailing address on the deposit slip so we can send you a receipt for your tax deductible donation.
National Bank of Arizona: 1160 E Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
-Donation to Horse’n Around Rescue
San Xavier Coop Farms: 8100 S Oidak Wog, Tucson, AZ 85746
-Donation for hay for Horse’n Around Rescue (Attn: Billy Worthy) -520-295-3774
Checks can be sent to Horse’n Around Rescue, PO Box 698,
Hereford, AZ 85615
June 15: Care for the Horses was trying to load a scared
donkey last evening. The fire was approaching so fast. The
sheriff ordered them to turn the donkey loose and drive away
to safety. Steve was there at dawn this morning to search for
the donkey. Her shed was destroyed and he drove through
the streets looking for her. The house where her owners live
is still standing among all the charred debris… and there she
was… drinking water from the bird bath! The donkey (we call
her Smokey) was miraculously untouched by the flames. As
Steve approached the donkey her canine friend walked out of
the dog house!
June 20: Smokey’s owners arrived this morning to hug and kiss her. It was an emotional reunion. Her real name is Rosie. Rosie will stay with us until her owners can rebuilt their well and a safe place for her to live and play.
June 21: A volunteer team of
Veterinarians and Vet Techs from
Tucson tended to Charlie.
June 22: Today is tenth day of the fire! Please excuse us for not publishing an update sooner. Once our horses were safe we were busy helping the community evacuate their animals. Steve continues to coordinate with the Sheriff's Office and other agencies in rescuing, hauling, and caring for animals within the evacuation zone.
Charlie shows steady improvement every day. His hide is sloughing off so it’s hard to look at him. But he is very brave and definitely a fighter. Dr. Prentice has attended to him every day evaluating his progress, treating his wounds, and adjusting his medication. A team of veterinarians from the Vet Specialty Center in Tucson visited him today. Everyone who meets Charlie can’t help but admire is awesome disposition.
We are searching for a solution for pasture. Our mountainside with our 380
acres is gone. It may come back in time, but we are faced with the urgency of now. Many of you have responded so generously to this call for help. We could not and cannot do any of this work without your many donations and offers of corral space and small acreage for our horses. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts--thank you! thank you! thank you! for all that you do.
We are by your kindness and quick response to our situation. Thank you! T&S
June 23: Dr. Prentice gave a very positive report on Charlie today.
He will need to be debrided daily for another week or so and then
perhaps every couple of days. Two days ago he was switched from
an injectible to an oral antibiotic. She is finding fewer "pockets" of
infection. He is moving around his corral now and the edema in his
legs and chest has dissipated. The vet continues to manage his
pain keeping him comfortable.
Steve hauled more horses back to anxious owners who met their
horses with a big “welcome home.”
The fire still burns in the mountain to our west. A “back burn” is
scheduled this afternoon.
June 25: As the hide comes off Charlie begins to heal. He's a perfect gentleman through all his sessions with Dr. Prentice and Vet Techs Ann and Brianna. Charlie seems to being saying thank you to Mia who helped tend to him today.
June 27: Charlie willingly followed me to the yard to enjoy some green grass.
July 1: After 24 hours without pain meds we resumed his pain management regime. He had become uncomfortable exhibiting labored breathing and quivery muscles.
July 3: Charlie enjoyed the results of a hoof trim this morning. He is moving much more comfortably. He mosied to the corrals to visit his equine and bovine friends after munching some green grass in the yard.
July 4: Charlie had lots of visitor this morning after the parade.
He seemed to enjoy the attention.
July 5: Charlie decided to expand his horizons.
He's enjoying time in the shade outside the barn corral.
July 7: Charlie was having a bad day. His temperature was
102 degrees. He's unsteady in his hind quarters and not looking
well. Dr. Prentice checked in on him and was concerned. She took radiographs of Charlie's feet and head and took blood to help find out what was going on.
July 8: The pictures of Charlie's hooves give us good news. For all he's been through the feet are still very sound. He does have some swelling of the laminae and 2-3 % rotation of the coffin bone in one hoof but this is really good news. The abcess in his tooth or sinus cavity is cause for concern. But his liver is compromised and we can't do anything until liver function improves. We alter his diet and begin supplements to support his liver. Charlie laid down in the afternoon and couldn't get up on his own. We turned him to his other side and he was able to get his feet under him and get up.
July 9: Charlie was down and unable to get up. We were able to
get him on his feet for a few minutes but he couldn't continue. It
was pouring rain and Charlie was shivering. We dried him with
towels and covered him with 2 big blankets for warmth and then with
a tarp to keep the rain off him. We left Charlie warm and comfortable
for the night hoping some rest would help him in the morning.
July 10: Unable to get up or swallow to drink it was time for all of us to say our good-byes. Charlie was a courageous horse who tried very hard to overcome his injuries from the fire. But in the end Charlie needed to be set free of his injured body. He was laid to rest 4 weeks after that horrible day when the fire changed our lives. Charlie left us knowing that he was loved by all, near and far. He may never know how many lives he touched. Our Charlie is gone but not forgotten. Thank you for loving Charlie!
July 10, 2011 -
FAREWELL FINE FRIEND
Four weeks ago today, Sunday (June 12), a devastating fire bore down on 24 horses grazing peacefully on our mountain pasture on the side of the Huachuca Mountains, then began its malevolent trek northward and eastward into the surrounding communities. Four neighbors, at great risk, led 23 horses to safety, but the 24th horse, Charlie, panicked and ran back into the flames. Somehow, that beautiful, gallant animal came back through the fire and found his way to his herd. He became a national hero, a survivor, and people here and from around the country opened their hearts to him.
Today, Sunday, this fourth week since the Monument Fire, we had to make a decision that you hope you never have to make for any animal under your protection, particularly at Horse'n Around Rescue -- we put Charlie down. While he appeared to be healing well from his burns and wounds, his liver and organs were giving out and couldn't sustain him. For the past couple of days he spent most of his time on the ground. It is with such a heavy heart that we tell you this.
We thank so many people for their kindness and generosity. Their patience is inexhaustible: Dr. Dusti Prentice of Southern Arizona Equine who provided loving care for Charlie; Bud and Joan Strom from the Single Star Ranch where Charlie stayed and who provided so much support throughout Charlie's ordeal. We thank our many volunteers who spent countless hours with Charlie: Ann Gallus, Vet Tech and compassionate neighbor who helped with Charlie's care; Peggy who stopped by morning and night with carrots; Nancy, Andrea, Allison, Beth, Ruben, Bruce, Buck, Greg and Cathy who stopped by regularly to visit Charlie; Kelly from Nelson Wholesale; Kerry from Durvet; Kirk from CarraVet; and all those who sent generous donations to help with the cost of Charlie's care and provide for his buddies whose pasture was lost in the fire. We thank the public who graciously inquired about Charlie, helped spread the word his needs and then came forward to fulfill these needs.
Many victims of this fire experienced great losses, losing homes, pets, and many irreplaceable items from their lives. Our hearts go out to them.
Charlie left us knowing he was loved by all, near and far.
He may never know how many lives he touched.
Our Charlie is gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for loving Charlie!
Theresa Warrell and Steve Boice
Horse'n Around Rescue Ranch and Foundation, Inc.