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Mutilated Horse Rescued

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Far from the pampered and well-bred thoroughbreds loading in for Del Mar's racing season, a single, frightened two-year-old mare stands in the blazing East County sun.

"We don't know much more than a bit about her," Pat Rigney of Tir Na Nog Horse Rescue said.

They call the mare Deveny's Ruckus, but her real name is unknown. The folks at Tir Na Nog aren't sure where she came from.

"She was found as a stray in the Nevada desert. Somebody had dumped her," Amy said. "Before they dumped her, they cut the brand off her hip so that the owner could not be traced."

She was found by the Department of Agriculture and brought to the nonprofit rescue facility just over a week ago. Under the watchful eyes of the caring volunteers at Tir Na Nog, the horse is slowly learning to trust humans.

"We expect her to be as handleable as all of our other guys and have a very full life with our volunteers," Amy said.

There are currently 20 abandoned horses on the ranch.

"They get old and they are not rideable, and people run into harder times," Amy said.

There are sad cases like Sundance.

"We think he was used as a hunter-jumper, because at six years old, his body is completely broken down. His ligaments are shot, he's got bowed tendons in both front legs, a club foot and cracks in the other foot. He was dumped in Potrero," Amy said.

At age 33, Cocoa is the senior member of the group.

"She has a bit of arthritis, but she moves really well," Amy said. "She has a brand new friend there - Jingles is a little donkey with damage to her rear legs."

The horses here don't have any recreational value and are literally on their last legs.

"For us, they are priceless all the way until the end," Amy said. "These guys are all survivors."

I believe that there is a special place in you-know-where for those who abuse animals. But somewhere between heaven and hell there's a Tir Na Nog where horses who have beaten the long odds of abuse and abandonment find peace, contentment and a loving home all the way to the finish line.

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