By Guy Page
A Barton woman is raising money to help feed and buy medicine for an emaciated mare named Dolly Parton.
The story as reported by Roy on gofundme begins when she saw a horse who “was very emaciated and not feeling well.” The other horses with ‘Dolly Parton’ were okay. She clearly wasn’t. The owner gave Roy permission to take Dolly.
“I drove by and saw that she was severely emaciated and just seemed down in the dumps and not feeling well,” Roy said.
As soon as she got Dolly home, Roy made arrangements with the vet to do some blood work and a physical exam. Dolly weighed in at 650 lbs – about 200 lbs. underweight.
A severe fungal infection of the skin requires special medicated baths. The blood work showed Dolly has PPID, better known as Cushing’s disease. She will require expensive medication for the rest of her life.
Dolly is extremely selenium deficient and anemic, which may also be causing the two heart murmurs found by the vet.
“Dolly is going to require lots of TLC, which she will get!!,” Roy wrote. “Her medication and her continued, needed blood work to monitor her recovery is going to be very expensive. This little mare is a fighter and deserves a fighting chance. If you can help in any way my family and Dolly would greatly appreciate it!”
To date, 24 donors have contributed $1,630 towards a goal of $2000.