In Memory Of

Shaikhspear

THE NEED FOR AN EQUINE CLINIC IN HILTON, NY

I'm writing this in memory of our beautiful, sweet straight Egyptian stallion Shaikhspear. At 8:00 pm Sunday, August 29, one hour after being brought in and fed, I found him soaked with sweat and colicing. My vet was 2-1/2 hours away on another colic call. After calling three vets, and more than three hours later, there was only one ending for Shaikh.

I live in Hilton, NY within walking distance of a veterinary clinic. I called there, but received no call back. With phone still in hand a friend drove me down there. I begged him to please come put my horse out of his torment. He said "NO" and "NO" to giving me something to ease his pain. "NO" was the answer with "NO" compassion for this animal

Our gentle stallion who just weeks before stood quietly in his stall allowing twelve 4H children to touch and pet him, loving every minute of it, had to suffer the horrible, painful, twisting, flipping of severe colic to his last breath. When within walking distance there could have been help.

To me this vet has no heart. To all pet owners, horse, dog or cat, keep this in mind and heart. He could have eased his pain, but chose to do nothing.

As for our sweet Shaikh, I removed his halter and let him go free over the Rainbow bridge.

The vet that did come had never been to our farm and got lost on the way. I do thank her for finally putting an end to Shaikh's torment.

This brings to mind two things: one, the need for an equine vet in Hilton, NY, and you can't count on a neighbor who is in the business of helping animals.

Sadly,

Joe and Barbara Ryan
North Avenue
Hilton, NY



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