Rudy the quarterhorse recovering after being rescued

CRAWFORD COUNTY, OH (WCMH) – After months of neglect and near starvation Rudy, the American quarterhorse is healthy and back with his former owner and 4-H partner.

Rudy spent years being ridden, loved and shown by Natalie Lyons at the Crawford County Fair. But once Natalie became an adult her lifestyle and the 24-hour days she spent working as a paramedic meant she didn’t get to spend the time with Rudy that he needed.

She sold the champion quarterhorse in 2012 to a family she knew who also participated in 4-H. In fact, she saw Rudy this past summer at the Crawford County Fair where he won one of his competitions. Natalie says Rudy was a little thinner than she was used to, but that he looked good.

However, this January Natalie learned differently.  Estimates are that between July, 2015 and January, 2016 Rudy lost roughly 400 pounds. Humane Society Executive Director Victoria Carmean says Rudy wasn’t being fed regularly.

After months of trying to intervene the Humane Society Serving Crawford County took custody of Rudy.

Last month Natalie Lyons adopted Rudy from the Humane Society. She says she’s still disappointed that people who saw Rudy every day at the stable where he was boarded didn’t say something to her earlier. That she would have made sure he was fed, even if she didn’t own him.

Rudy has gained almost all of his weight back and is getting healthy. Although Natalie says he still gulps down all his water like he doesn’t know if more is coming.

Rudy’s former owner, Benjamin Lowe of Crestline is serving a 90 sentence for animal cruelty.

Natalie says Rudy is now retired and will spend the rest of his days eating grass and relaxing.

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