For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2016
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
When PETA first found Sebastian, the timid mini horse was trapped in a barren dirt pen with no food, water, shelter, or desperately needed veterinary care for an unusual set of injuries, including a facial deformity and partial paralysis in his eyes, ears, and nose—likely from serious blunt-force trauma to the head when he was just 2 years old. Sebastian also has a permanent eye ulcer and no control over one of his hind legs, possibly because of diseased, brittle ear bones. But PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—whisked him away to a foster farm for proper care.
After just a few weeks, the 3-foot-tall horse was well enough to travel across the country to his new sanctuary home in New Mexico, where he now spends his days triumphantly frolicking around and rolling on his back in pure delight. After years of pain and neglect, Sebastian is now surrounded by loving humans and new animal friends. He’s clearly lost his fear of humans, as this video, in which he gives kisses and gets his face scratched, shows!
More information about Sebastian’s journey is available on PETA’s blog.