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Chichester animal rescue pays tribute to fallen horse

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 11. 2018 10:18PM

Volunteers at Live and Let Live Farm tend to an emaciated horse that was recently brought to the Chichester facility. (COURTESY)

CHICHESTER - The operators and volunteers at a Chichester animal rescue farm paid tribute to a starved and emaciated horse that recently lost its life in their care after its benign neglect by another couple. A second horse was much healthier and has recovered, officials said.

Last week, New Hampton officials arrested and charged Edith Daughen and her husband, Nicholas Torrey, with 44 counts each of animal cruelty.

After the beloved horse had died, volunteers at Live and Let Live Farm of Chichester did some research and spotted the couple on social media advertising that they were running their own animal rescue organization, the White Gate Critter Sanctuary.

They asked state and local authorities to check on the place.

Police and the state Department of Agriculture found in their investigation at the end of last month that dozens of animals there were dead or dying.

They recovered a deceased snake and bird along with other animals in states of malnutrition including dogs, cats, reptiles, bunnies, birds and other animals.

Sharon Morey, a volunteer at the Chichester farm, offered her memories of Bristol, a dehydrated horse that didn't survive through the first day of care.

"Before she was starved/emaciated/dehydrated to the final 12 hours, Live and Let Live Farm's Rescue volunteers worked hard to save her life, but Bristol/Forestina was too weak with muscle waste and starvation, her mind wanted to live but her body could not recover," Morey posted on Facebook.

"We are all so sorry what humans did to you, precious girl... Justice has begun, your neglectful abusers have been arrested...You will remain in our hearts and souls forever here at Live and Let Live Farms rescue."

The 17-year-old mare, a former race horse, was so dehydrated that she collapsed in the trailer bringing her to the farm.

"We got her off of the transport trailer and tried to get her up. This girl wanted to live so bad, but her body had struggled for so very long, she was exhausted," Morey related.

The posts attracted hundreds of supportive comments and have resulted in a number of donations to the shelter.

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