Miracle horse finds better home
Published: July 8, 2008 | 7174th good news item since 2003
Miracle, a mare that was shot five or six times in the head and survived, now has a loving home.
Doña Ana County Animal Control supervisor Curtis Childress said Miracle has been adopted by her foster caretakers.
“… The foster family that is caring for her has actually agreed to keep her,” Childress said.
Investigators originally thought Miracle had been shot three times before wandering in the desert for two days prior to ending up June 9 at a house near Radium Springs. A woman called authorities after finding the horse at her doorstep.
Childress said Miracle’s adoptive family requested they not be identified.
The mare will stay with the family during her recovery and then will be sent to a facility where she will be put to to pasture, Childress said.
He added that the horse’s prognosis is good and she is doing well.
Brian Drake, 36, of the 7400 block of Doña Ana Road, has been arrested in connection with the shooting and faces one count of extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
Two surgeries were successful in removing two bullets but a third remains lodged. Another follow-up is scheduled next month to see if the body will eject the bullet naturally. Due to the bullet’s location, removal by surgical methods would be risky, Childress said.