ARGYLE (CBS 11 NEWS) - The next few days are critical for a horse named Honey Boy.
An animal rescue group in Argyle adopted the severely malnourished horse last week, but the managers of the ranch say they are not sure if Honey Boy will survive.
“He’s so severely neglected, he’s about 700, 800 pounds underweight,” says Bob Williams, CEO of Ranch Hand Rescue, a non-profit organization that takes in farm animals suffering from neglect and starvation.
The horse’s hind section is caved in, the shape of his ribcage is showing through his coat, and he has lost many teeth.
“Honey Boy is one of the worst cases we’ve ever had,” says Williams. “We have to grind up his food. We have to soak up his hay and all of his food because he can’t chew it.”
Williams says in the last four days Honey Boy has started to become familiar with the staff. “He knows he’s loved. He has his dignity back and we’re going to do everything we can to help him, but it’s still up in the air.”
Williams compares Honey Boy to another horse at Ranch Hand Rescue named “Chance.” Chance was brought to the ranch last July severely malnourished. Today he is healthy, his weight is normal, and he’s up for adoption.
The employees of Ranch Hand Rescue hope they will have the same success with Honey Boy.
The ranch includes all types of farm animals; donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, and llama. A staff of four people run the ranch and Williams says the non-profit needs donations to keep going. Visit their website at http://ranchhandrescue.org/ for more information.