Maverick the horse grows healthy at ‘foster home’
July 25, 2008 · Updated 11:33 PM
The Oak Harbor woman who allegedly neglected a horse almost to the point of emaciation recently pleaded not guilty in Island County District Court to the charge of animal cruelty in the second degree, according to deputy prosecutor Kailin James.
The woman allegedly failed to provide a 5-year-old paint answering to the name of Maverick proper shelter and space, as well as proper nutrition.
The malnourished, 5-year-old horse that recently touched a community’s heart is expressing gratitude through its successful convalescence and hearty appetite.
Maverick was taken into protective custody by Island Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes, who said last week the horse is “doing a lot better . . . he’s responding well.” The horse has been in custody at a North Whidbey “foster home” since June 12.
Maverick’s plight was featured on the front page of the Whidbey News-Times on June 21, and since then community support has been overwhelming.
“Thanks for the cash donations and feed,” Barnes said, expressing gratitude to all involved. Hay, grain and medical care have all been provided by caring Whidbey Island individuals.
Maverick, a stallion, is just under five years of age, and while his health is vastly improved his immediate future is unclear, depending on the outcome of the proceedings against his owner.
“Right now, he’s the property of the state,” Barnes said.