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Dixie's 1/2 sister to be raffled to benefit Dixie! See "Donations" for more information!l

PLEASE BE AWARE: There are stories of charities to benefit Dixie circulating the internet. While many are true, some are attempts to capitalize on Dixie's story for personal gain. If you would like to raffle or auction an item for Dixie, please contact us and we will list you on our web site as a legitimate fund raiser.

Merry Christmas From Dixie!

Thank you all for your support mental, emotional, and financial! We could not have made it this far without all of your love and prayers.

God Bless You All!

Nathan, Vonda, Ashton and Dixie Too!


Dixie's beautiful tail before the attack.
Dixie is a bay roan sabino Spotted Saddle Horse.

On Friday, August 19th, 2005, Vonda Hamilton's 2 year old Spotted Saddle Horse, Dixie, the daughter of CHBOA foundation horse, Magic's Golden Flash, was maliciously attacked by four teenage girls. It is believed that the girls used black spraypaint on Dixie's tail and set it on fire. The girls, between the ages of 12 and 15, have a history of animal cruelty and arson, but no convictions. The girls bragged to classmates about committing the heinous deed and described how Dixie ran screaming across the field with her tail on fire.

The attack took place while Vonda was taking a much needed 3-day vacation - the first in years for her. When Vonda returned it was to find her sweet mare in excruciating pain. The previously energetic beauty could hardly walk at all. Her tail hair was burned completely off and her tail charred and damaged beyond saving.

In addition to Vonda's job as the Vice President of the CHBOA, she also runs Hamilton Stables, a Spotted Saddle Horse breeding, training, and lesson facility. Vonda and her family do all of the work themselves - from giving riding lessons to mucking the stalls. Vonda now spends 6 hours a day tending to Dixie's wounds.

Dixie was given a 60% chance of survival, but she has surpassed all expectations. She WILL live. She has overcome a horrible infection in her tail, having her tail amputated, and infection in her leg. A horse's best defense against flies and biting insects is their tail. Without her tail, Dixie is defenseless, so she will wear a full body fly sheet and have limited turn out for the rest of her life.

Vonda and Dixie need our help! Both have been through such a terrible ordeal and can use all the love and support that we can provide! For those of you who can and want to donate funds to help pay for Dixie's veterinary bills, you can donate using your credit card through PayPal on the CHBOA website. The CHBOA collects funds for Dixie for NO compensation. The only fees are those imposed by PayPal.

Residents of North Carolina: Sign Dixie's Petition at http://www.PetitionOnline/dixie05/petition.html

You may contact the Harnett County DA to express your concern and opinions:
The Honorable Thomas H. Lock
P.O. Box 1029
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 910-814-4500

Other contact information:
Sheriff Larry Rollins
Phone: 910-893-9111

Mayor George Joseph Jr.
804 East Denim Dr.
Erwin, NC 28339
email: gjoseph@erwin-nc.org

City Council
W. N. Porter email: wnporter@erwin-nc.org
Ricky W. Blackmon email: rblackmon@erwin-nc.org
Norma S. Ennis email: nennis@erwin-nc.org
Billy L. Wallace email: bwallace@erwin-nc.org
Randy L Baker email: bgurkenr@erwin-nc.org

Harris Blake email: Harrisb@ncleg.net

Link to all of NC senators.

Dixie's story in the news!

TheHorse.com - Filly Recovering from Tail Burning Incident

WRAL - 2-Year-Old Horse Set On Fire, Harnett County Sheriff Says

WRAL - Animal Cruelty Case Draws Response from Across the Country

ABC11 WTVD - Harnett Horse Subject to Abuse

The Daily Record - Horse Set On Fire (slight misinformation in this one. Dixie is a bay sabino tobiano, not a champagne)

The Daily Record - PETA Ups Reward

Dunn Daily Record - Outpouring of Support Enormous


Fayetteville Observer - Horse Badly Hurt When Tail Set On Fire

TWH Network features link to Dixie's Story

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