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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
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!
Vonda, Ashton and Dixie Too!
Dixie's beautiful tail before the attack.
Dixie is a bay roan sabino Spotted Saddle Horse.
Friday, August 19th, 2005,
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.
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.
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
Sheriff Larry Rollins
Mayor George Joseph Jr.
804 East Denim Dr.
Erwin, NC 28339
W. N. Porter email: email@example.com
Ricky W. Blackmon email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma S. Ennis email: email@example.com
Billy L. Wallace email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy L Baker email: email@example.com
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
features link to Dixie's Story