A pony that was severely burned a month ago in a Johnson County barn fire has made remarkable progress, but healing is far from finished.
Bella and her foal, Butterscotch, have responded well to round-the-clock care at a Decatur equine clinic, said Whitney Hanson, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of North Texas.
Bella was rescued April 6 from an electrical fire in a barn near Alvarado. She was found on top of Butterscotch, trying to block the flames, but she was burned over much of her body.
Humane Society officials agreed to try to help save the animals after their owners realized they could not afford the costly treatments.
Donations have come from around the country, especially from mothers, Hanson said.
“Thanks to her detailed burn-care regimen, her charred skin is slowly peeling and giving way to healthy, pink skin,” Hanson said. “Bella’s ears, which were the site of her most severe burns, began moving last week for the first time, and her sassy personality is really starting to shine through.”
Shortly after the fire, pony and foal were taken to a boarding facility in Wise County that cares for horses that the Humane Society removes from unhealthy conditions.
Butterscotch also needs wound care, but not as much as her mother. The recent donations, however, have made it possible to move them both to the clinic in Decatur.
“While she is still not out of the woods, her medical team is very optimistic that she will make a full recovery,” Hanson said.
But that will take more money, even though an original $4,000 goal was quickly met, Hanson said.
“It has become clear that Bella’s treatment will be more costly than we had originally thought to help her fight off skin infection,” Hanson said.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, donors can honor their moms by making “tribute gifts” to help Bella and other animals.
“We’ll even send your mother a card making her aware of the generous gift made in her honor,” Hanson said. “When you see Butterscotch run and leap in the pasture, while doting Bella watches on protectively, you can’t help but feel your heart swell with joy.
“This is what their lives should look like, and thanks to our community, it has become a reality.”