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Saving ashley and pliers
Inseparable horses find new home at Catskill Animal Sanctuary
BY JIM LANGAN • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 12/21/16
It’s been a long fall and early winter for the folks at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties. A few months ago, in the wake of the area’s largest ever farm abuse case, they took in over 100 animals putting the facility at full capacity. Then along came Ashley and Pliers, two elderly horses in desperate need of a home. Mother Ashley, 35 and blind, and son Pliers, 33, were about to be shot in the head because their owner could no longer care for them. A concerned neighbor of the owner contacted the Catskill Sanctuary and the facility decided to make room for Ashley and Pliers after hearing their story.
It seems the horses had never been separated from each other making their relationship dangerous for each other and those around them. Pliers, the son, is extremely protective of his mother and made any consideration of separating them unthinkable.
The sanctuary’s goal is to make Pliers comfortable enough being away at times from his mother who has very little time left. A video posted by the sanctuary shows Pliers aggressively protecting his mother and making any contact with Ashley quite difficult. Given Ashley is blind, it is imperative that someone be able to direct Ashley to her food and water without interference.
“After weeks of working with them, their arrival couldn’t have gone any smoother,” said Kelly Mullins, Animal Care Director at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. “They’re happy to be in their forever home, just in time for the holidays.”
The staff at Catskill has been working hard with the horses to socialize and prepare them for the sanctuary. All that hard work and commitment came to fruition last weekend when Ashley and Pliers arrived at the sanctuary, safe and sound.
While Ashley and Pliers are nearing the end of their journey, thanks to the Catskill Sanctuary founder and her team, both horses will ride off into a Hudson Valley sunset loved and together for eternity.