Woman loses horse boarding privileges after reporting dying horse

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL -- Natasha Borrego loves Blue and her ten year old horse and hates to see any animal abused or mistreated.

"This is my pet, I will always take care of her," said Borrego," I could never see her in the state I saw the Palomino in, that was unacceptable."

Earlier this month she discovered a Palomino, two weak to move, stretched out on its side and dying. She recorded the horses condition and posted a video on Facebook and You Tube.

"When I pulled back the bushes, I saw a Palomino that had been laying down for hours," she said," it had already dug a hole in the dirt trying to get up."

On the video Boreggo was crying out for help. She called the St. Johns County Sheriff's office for help, the horse was in the pasture of a boarding facility near St. Augustine.

"I'm not a veterinarian but a horse in that condition needed immediate help," she said.

A deputy responded.

"A vet also went out and verify that the animal was sick," said Sgt. Catherine Payne.

The horse was dying of rectal cancer, the owner was notified and put down the horse the next day.

Borrego said her decision to call caused her to move; she said the owner of the pasture told her she had to leave for calling the authorities.

He said I had one week to get out for reporting it," said Borrego.

She found a home for her three horses in Green Cove Springs.

"I'm a little disappointed the horse was in obvious distress," she said," I don't think I did anything wrong in calling the law."

She's pleased with her new environment and said she would do it again.


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