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While many of our rescue horses have cruelty tales of their own, it was Cordelia’s story that is perhaps the most well-known because her story is connected to the story of Penn and Penny's rescue and new legislation that protects animals.
Cordelia was kept in a Bedford County junkyard and slowly starved to near death before the owner agreed to allow a rescue to take her. Sadly, even with rescue efforts and medical attention, Cordelia died within a matter of days. Her story provoked outrage from people all over the globe who offered well wishes via social media during her rescue and medical care.
Cordelia's story also prompted lawmakers to call for making systemic changes to the PA’s animal cruelty laws.
Soon after Cordelia's death, three more horses came to the attention of Governor Wolf, PA lawmakers, and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). By the time these horses were released for rescue, one of the horses had died, but the other two horses, Penn and Penny, were rescued by PERRF.
Penn and Penny are now healthy and living out their retirement at PERRF and even have "jobs" as mascots for Pennsylvania’s anti-cruelty laws introduced by Senators Eichelberger, Stephenson, and Bizzarro. This new legislation was one of four anti-cruelty measures included in the Act 10 Law, which adds equines to the animal protection law and adds starvation to the list of abuses. This law also provides the legal basis for criminal charges.
So while two horses in this story did not survive the horrific abuse and neglect they were subjected to, Penn and Penny not only survived, but are now safe, happy, and healthy, and helped lead the way to the new legislation that protects the welfare of horses in Pennsylvania.
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the
inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill
“God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses."
~R.B. Cunninghame Graham
"You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse
going broke betting on people." ~Will Rogers
“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to
keep them in working order." ~John Adams
"A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses
to catch up and outpace." ~Ovid
''There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.”
~Robert Smith Surtees
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
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Rescue Address at High Tail Stables:
5372 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, PA 15001
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