breed: 2004 grey Arab mare
type of rescue: owner surrender
intake date: 7/17/2013
date of passing: 8/29/2015
length of time with SAFE: 2 years, 1 month
Sapphire’s Story: Sapphire was living in a situation of neglect on a local reservation. Animal Control officers in King County had been monitoring the mare’s condition for a period of time, but when tribal police found her running loose down a road, SAFE was called in to negotiate a surrender with the horse’s owner. Sapphire was signed over to SAFE, and taken immediately to a vet hospital to treat several wounds she had sustained, most notably a series of infected lacerations caused by a rope that had been wound around her hind legs. A large section of her tail had been burnt off at some point as well. Though it took a significant amount of time and patience to get through to her, Sapphire eventually came to the understanding that she was never going to be hurt again. She started into training about ten months after her rescue and was making great progress under saddle. Tragically, Sapphire’s life was cut short by a very serious bout of colic from which she could not be saved. She was humanely euthanized to end her suffering on Aug 29, 2015. Rest in peace, sweet brave soul.