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Valley non-profit ranch takes in sick, abused horses

PHOENIX -- There was no note, no call from the owner explaining why they had tied their sick horse to a fence at the Arizona Humane Society and left it there.

Through a series of events, the horse ended up with Amanda Moore, the owner of Reigning Grace Ranch Rescue. The non-profit organization pairs rescued horses with at-risk, troubled children.

"What's most sad for me is that she never asked for that," said Moore.

The horse is blind in one eye and slowly losing sight in the other. Her teeth and hooves are in very poor shape and she could have cancer.

But it seems the sick horse who's been renamed Esperanza, the Spanish word for "hope," will get much-needed medical attention she deserves. In turn, Esperanza will one day be helping the children who attend the program.

Moore urged horse owners who can no longer care for their animal to not leave it in the desert, at the Humane Society or list the animal on craigslist. Instead, find a horse rescue. There are several in the state that can accommodate more horses.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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