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Forgotten horse getting TLC at MSPCA’s Nevins Farm

Roger Lauze leads Sugar back to the barn at Nevins Farm.
Roger Lauze leads Sugar back to the barn at Nevins Farm.(MSPCA/Angell)

Just when many of the 26 barn animals that arrived before the “bomb cyclone” storm were preparing to go to new homes, the MSPCA is continuing to care for a severely neglected horse at Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Veterinarians said Sugar was at least 200 pounds underweight when she arrived in Methuen.
Veterinarians said Sugar was at least 200 pounds underweight when she arrived in Methuen.(MSPCA/Angell)

Sugar, a 14-year-old mare, was removed from a Middlesex County property on Dec. 15 after the MSPCA received reports that her owner, suffering from dementia, had forgotten to feed her, said MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin. The MSPCA arrived to find an emaciated horse in her stall.

Veterinarians estimated Sugar was at least 200 pounds underweight. She was placed on a feeding schedule that will allow her body to slowly recover. The medical staff also discovered she has a serious heart murmur, and so she will be transferred to the Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in Ontario to live out her life once her weight has stabilized.

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“We estimate that she’ll consume about 65 to 70 bales of hay during her time with us and the good news is that she has already put on some weight during her time with us,” said Roger Lauze of the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.

Among the 13 chickens, four goats, three sheep, two rabbits, two guinea fowl, a cow, and an alpaca that were surrendered by a farm owner in central Massachusetts before the deep freeze earlier this month, the news is better.

The alpaca — named Robby — already has been adopted and will be going to his new home soon. The MSPCA-Nevins Farm team reports that several more of the animals, including the goats and sheep, may be going to permanent homes in the next month or so.

“The fact is we have too many animals and we’re in urgent need of finding adoptive homes for the many horses, goats, sheep, pigs, farm birds, and other animals in our care,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell.

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Those interested in adopting any of the barn animals at Nevins can e-mail farmadoptions@mspca.org.


Laura Elyse King can be reached at lauraelyseking@gmail.com.