October 7, 2012

Lindsay animals thriving after ordeal

James Bright
The Express-Star

LINDSAY — It's been more than six weeks since over 20 animals were sized from a farm in Lindsay due to neglect and five of those animals appear to be doing just fine.

Sirena - whose last name and exact location have been omitted to protect the animals - said the animals she adopted are acclimating well to their new life.

"They have put on tons of weight," she said. "All have gotten to the point where they want my family to be around them constantly."

Sirena has even installed a picnic table in the pasture, so the animals can congregate around her family.

The five animals are an Appaloosa female named Lady, that also happens to be pregnant, two Shetland ponies - Charger and Chiefy - a Pony of America, aptly named Missy - because she is such a diva according to Sirena and a donkey named Rose.

Initially, Sirena thought there may be some problems with the donkey, but those have panned out.

"We were told she would never trust us," Sirena said. "She turned out to be the exact opposite way. Now she she's figured out she loves to be massaged and as soon as I leave the gate she just cries for me."

Lady is starting to show according to Sirena, but another surprise may be on the way.

"We think Charger might be pregnant," she said.

Sirena said it is difficult to check Shetland ponies, but Charger has started to grow substantially despite eating the same as the other animals.

Each animal has its own stall now and most of the animal's sores have disappeared or healing well according to Sirena.

The animals continue to be enamored with Sirena's 5-year-old daughter Maddie, and the feeling is mutual.

"She goes out into the field and they all follow her," Sirena said. "She has a little wagon and pulls a little hay to help her Daddy feed them at night. We always have to give her a little extra sweet feed, so she can say I love and you and good night to all of them."

Sirena is still awaiting word on whether she will receive four males that were sized from the same farm, but her herd looks like it will get a little bigger anyway.

Nerve damage in Sirena's leg has plagued for years and prevents her from riding any of the animals, but her husband may have found the solution to this unfortunate problem.

"He called me yesterday and said one of the guys he works with heard about my situation and they have a gentle walking horse," she said. "I hope I can ride her because she is super gentle."

Sirena is also excited that this will give Lady another big horse to play with. At the moment Lady spends a good deal of her time around Charger.

She is awaiting a call from the Tulsa SPCA to find out whether she will foster the five males.

This is part two of a 12 part series over the Lindsay horses sized by the Grady County Sheriff's department.