Zoë, meaning Life, was rescued in November 2018 from horrific living conditions. She was seized by humane officers in the field and the owner was cited and prosecuted for animal abuse. After suffering years of neglect, Zoë scored a 1 on the Henneke body condition scoring system (awfully, a 1 is the closest to death), had severely overgrown hooves, ulcers in both eyes, and atleast one untreated abscessed tooth that had rotten through her sinus cavity, bridge of her mouth, and out through her face just below her left eye. She also has chronic sinusitis, cushings, a thyroid issue, and tested with high insulin levels in her blood. She was in very poor condition and deserved better.
Zoë finally was released and arrived home with us in February 2019. She arrived to us with untreated “normal” & manageable issues like cushings, a metabolic disorder, needing to continue to gain weight. Additionally ailments that were the result of years of horrible human neglect. Untreated abscessed teeth that had caused so much obvious destruction & infection that it ate holes through her mouth & face, you could smell it by simply standing next to her. She had chronic sinus infections, angry cataracts that were wildly painfull & untreated for pain management, & enteroliths (stones) that formed in her stomach after she ate metal & rocks at her previous property, assuming it was in an attempt to eat SOMETHING. We planned to do everything possible to make her comfortable and to live out the rest of her sweet little life pain free. We were following a strict plan from her veterinary team and geared up for a much needed surgery to try to beat the infection that had plague her for so long.
On April 10th, surrounded with love and our founder by her side, her incredible veterinary team decided that we had run out of options & Zoë was now beginning to suffer, the choice to humanely euthanize her was made.
We tried so hard to relieve her from some of the damage, surrounded by the best vets. The hope that we could help her experience a happy pain free life. Even if just for a small period of time. But as she reacted to different antibiotics & new conditions were discovered, we simply ran out of options, we were too late. Ultimately we promised her she would never hurt again under our care and we could finally give her that peace. We will love you forever Zoë.