CEDAR CITY – Elsa, one of the horses rescued from poor living conditions in Enoch earlier this month, has passed away.
The 18-month-old filly appeared to be making a miracle recovery at the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses in Cedar City where she and her mother, Anna, were taken after being rescued. However, the horse sanctuary announced on its Facebook page that Elsa took a turn for the worse and died around 4:30 p.m., Saturday.
The Facebook post said that Elsa passed away in the arms of caretaker Ginger Grimes, the owner of the horse sanctuary, and was surrounded by the people who had taken part in caring for her. Dingo, the ranch dog, noted for refusing to leave Elsa’s side since her arrival, continued to remain by her side as she passed.
Elsa and Anna were taken to the sanctuary for care after Enoch Animal Control was alerted to the horses’ poor conditions. Both horses were described as being in poor health and emaciated. While Anna was still able to stand and walk, Elsa was found lying prone and frozen to the ground, unable to move.
The owner of the horses has been charged by police with two class-B misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
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