Neglected horse saved from Laurel Hill 'rescue' finds new home with Baker family

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The last of more than 70 animals rescued from abhorrent living conditions at a Laurel Hill farm has received a new name, a new home and a second chance at life, according to a Panhandle Animal Welfare Society Facebook post.

PAWS, with the help of Alaqua Animal Refuge, rescued 77 animals — including 10 emaciated horses with open sores — on Feb. 12. One of those horses, a paint horse named Joker, was the only animal the farm’s owner initially refused to surrender.

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PAWS was prepared to go to court to gain custody, however the horse was surrendered days later and placed into foster care until he was adopted. 

Now named "Indy,” short for “Independence,” the horse was adopted about three weeks ago by Shannan Caputo, who owns a farm in Baker.

“He went from being just ignored and neglected to probably being the most loved horse in the world,” Caputo said.

Indy, a horse that suffered severe neglect, has been rescued from this farm in Laurel Hill farm,  and is now living happily with a new family in Baker.

When he first arrived at her farm, “he was just still depressed and distant,” Caputo said of Indy. “He didn’t really care if you were there or not.”

Indy had thrush, a painful infection, from standing in muck and from a lack of proper nutrition. He also had abscesses in his front hooves. His legs would tremble when he stood to eat.

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With medication and proper trimming, he’s healing, Caputo said.

And with help from Megan Martin, Caputo's 30-year-old daughter, Indy is coming out of his shell.

Martin spent all of her free time with Indy, and the horse now whinnies whenever he sees her.

Indy, a horse rescued from severe neglect at a Laurel Hill farm, is living a happier life with Megan Martin (pictured) and Martin's mother, Shannan Caputo, in Baker.

“Even though I grew up around horses, I’ve been out of the horse world for years,” Megan wrote. “The first time I met Indy, I knew he was ‘my horse.’ We are really learning to build the trust and bond with each other, and he’s very patient with me learning the ropes again.”

Shandi LeBron, who also goes by Chrystal LeBron and other aliases, has disappeared from the Laurel Hill farm she ran, which billed itself as Fyre Branch Rescue, according to PAWS.

PAWS animal control officer Katie Healey is pursuing the case. LeBron has a warrant out of Hunt County, Texas, and several citations from Arlington, Texas, regarding animal cruelty, according to PAWS.