Bella and her foal, Butterscotch, burned in a stable fire a month ago, are making splendid progress in the care of the Humane Society of North Texas.
In the early morning hours of April 6, a heating lamp in a neighboring barn stall shorted and started an electrical fire that roared swiftly through the small building and caused life-threatening burns over most of Bella’s body.
Butterscotch was also burned, but her injuries were minimised as she sought shelter from the flames tucked against her mother.
Following the fire, Bella’s devastated family, who live in Johnson county, realized that they were unable to care for her extreme injuries and tearfully reached out to the Humane Society of North Texa.
When staff arrived, it was clear that Bella’s prognosis was bleak. She had severe burns to much of her body and the billowing smoke had scorched her lungs.
The pair were placed in the care of an equine specialist.
Just two weeks later, Bella has made amazing progress thanks to the around-the-clock medical care provided by dedicated staff and volunteers.
Fundraising efforts to help with their care has reached the original goal of $US4000. However, it has become clear that Bella’s treatment will be more costly than the charity originally thought.
Bella is currently at an equine clinic, where she is receiving advanced care to help her fight off the beginnings of a skin infection.
There are also concerns she may need ear surgery and lifelong ear care.
Butterscotch is doing extremely well and is staying strong next to her mother through all of her treatment.
The charity, in its latest update on its Facebook page, said that the pair’s progress had been astounding.
Bella’s charred skin was peeling off and revealing healthy, pink skin underneath.
The society posted a video on YouTube of the pair’s daily stroll in a pasture.
Hope remain high that the pair will recover.
Information on donating to the pair’s care can be found here.