Equine Rescue Of Aiken Suffers Devastating Fire

The Equine Rescue of Aiken, a nonprofit that rescues and adopts out neglected and abused horses, experienced a fire on April 3. The fire destroyed an eight-stall barn and injured a Miniature Horse in the nonprofit’s care.

President and executive director Jim Rhodes told the Aiken Standard the outpouring of offers of support since the fire occurred has been humbling. Organizations and individuals have offered over $45,000 of financial support.

In addition to the barn being damaged, the organization lost tack, medical supplies, computers and appliances, as well as four tons of feed.

The Miniature Horse, Whistle, is currently at a local equine hospital where he’s being treated for burns. Whistle had been surrendered to the rescue after a dog attack required extensive medical care and bills that his owners couldn’t afford.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Read more at the Aiken Standard.


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