A customer visiting a Bedford County auto salvage yard this past summer noticed a very thin horse on the business property. He posted a picture of the horse on line where it came to the attention of the public.
When humane society workers and a veterinarian visited the property, based on its condition, the horse was immediately removed from the property. The animal rescue volunteer who fostered the horse renamed "Cordelia" said it was clear the animal was being starved.
The Bedford Gazette reports that the former owner of the horse, Joseph Dull of Alum Bank, was found guilty on a summary charge of cruelty to animals in October. Dull was not available for comment.
Despite the best efforts of the animal rescue workers, Cordelia had to be put down ten days after the horse was rescued. Now Cordelia's story lives on in a u-tube video devoted to the animal's care.
Now the Bedford County Humane Society is looking for ways to better help animals being abused. Shelter workers say they can frequently save animals that are being abused, but only if members of the public bring those cases of suspected abuse to their attention.