Wild Heart Ranch is located in Claremore, Oklahoma. We provide medical or infant support to any indigenous wild animal in need of assistance and release it into suitable wild habitat once care is completed.
Wednesday April 8th, a life changed for the better in Rogers County, Oklahoma when a horse with a life-threatening wound was rescued by Rogers County Sheriff's Department to get help.
The deputies who loaded him into the trailer said it was the worst injury they had ever seen on an animal they had helped. The wound had been neglected for so long that the decayed tissue had exposed his spine.
Wild Heart Ranch has taken up the responsibility of Trooper's care. He earned his name for the battle he has endured and also a tribute to the deputies who came to his aid.
We at Wild Heart Ranch are not in the business of seizing animals; however, the photos speak for themselves. I was unable to turn my back on this need and I hope that all parties involved will let me do my job and take care of Trooper's needs which is my only objective and the sole objective of Wild Heart Ranch.
I wish to extend my sincere gratitude for the overwhelming support for these efforts to all who know me and understand that no matter what, I had to be there for Trooper.
May 27, 2009 10:29 PM
Reported by:Frank Wiley, Fox23
An update to story we told you about in April, a horse suffering from severe infection and neglect is almost fully recovered.
The images were disgusting, and shocking. Revealing injuries that nearly took the horse's life. We first told you the story in early April. The horse, named, Trooper was spotted by neighbors who tipped off authorities.
At the time, he was malnourished and suffering from a severe infection that was eating away at his skin and even exposed parts of his spine.
Several weeks ago, his caretaker wasn't sure if some of the damage could be repaired.
"Thereís so much nerve damage, I don't think he can feel the wound anymore," said Annette King-Tucker.
Trooper is much healthier these days. Heís 200 pounds heavier, and most of his wounds healed.
"Its our belief that this horse was deprived of any type of care," said Assistant District Attorney, Patrick Abitbol.
Authorities arrested his former owners, Steven and Kimberly Peck for animal neglect. Following their arrest, Trooper was turned over to the Rogers County Sheriff's Department. The Peck's have since bonded out of jail.
"It is my intent to prosecute them fully," said Abitbol.
Abitbol says he saw the horse when caretakers began tending to him. He recalls trooper's wounds being puss-filled, his coat hugging his ribs, and the look of pain in his eyes.
"Iíve never seen anything like it and I hope to god I never see anything like it again," said Abitbol.
Trooper will spend the next several weeks continuing to recover before he's turned over to a local horse ranch.
Cruelty to animals is a felony in Oklahoma. If convicted, the crime is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Apr 09, 2009 10:12 PM EDT
Reported by: Lori Fullbright, The News On 6
ROGERS COUNTY, OK -- A Rogers County couple was charged Thursday with felony animal cruelty after deputies confiscated a horse Wednesday with an open wound so deep his spine was exposed.
Sheriff Scott Walton and Wild Heart Ranch's Annette King-Tucker helped rescue a 20-year-old horse from a Rogers County farm.
A rescuer began calling the horse Trooper because of everything he's been through.
When they took the horse, King-Tucker began calling him Trooper because of all he's been through.
Pictures show a deep, infected wound on the horse's back that got so bad, someone e-mailed photos to King-Tucker, who contacted the district attorney, who called the sheriff's office with orders to take the horse into protective custody.
The open wound was so deep the horse's spine was exposed.
"It was me and two nurses and the doctor and took three hours to remove the dead tissue and infection and get the wound cleaned," King-Tucker said.
She says it's the worst wound she's seen out of the 12,000 animals her non-profit group has rescued over the years.
The horse's owners, Steven and Kimberly Peck, told deputies they'd been trying to treat the wound.
They were arrested on complaints of felony animal cruelty.
"It's certainly a choice to own an animal, whether it's a house cat or house dog or livestock, and we want that clear to the public -- we expect people to care for their animals," Walton said.
That includes keeping them fed, properly penned and treated for medical conditions.
Trooper's vet bill could be about $5,000, and donations will be needed to cover it.
If the court awards custody of him to Wild Heart Ranch, King-Tucker already has two owners lined up, willing to give him a good home.
"The only reason Trooper is here today is because his heart, and that's it because he didn't have much of anything else," King-Tucker said.
April 10, 2009 9:36 PM
Reported by:Frank Wiley, Fox23
A horse was terribly abused and its bones exposed. The owners have been accused of animal cruelty. The Rogers County Sheriff's Department has no idea how long it took to get to this point, or why it happened, but the horse appeared to be just days away from death when they found him.
"Parasites would've killed this animal,Ē said Rogers County Sheriff, Scott Walton.
"Truly, pictures don't do this case justice." Mal-nourished and suffering from infection, the 20-year-old once called Blaze is now recovering in the warm and loving care of Annette King-Tucker.
"He's welcoming my affection, he's a sweet guy," said King-Tucker.
King-Tucker, a woman with a big heart has cared for a several animals over the years. Now she's caring for Blaze and she's given him a new name, Trooper, because itís fitting. Authorities are allowing her to nurse him back to health. The horse's owners, Steven and Kimberly Peck were taken into custody, accused of animal cruelty. The abuse so obvious and disgusting, someone alerted authorities through anonymous tip.
"The shoulders and withers of this horse were literally eaten away," said Walton.
"Thereís so much nerve damage, I don't think he can feel the wound anymore,Ē said King-Tucker.
Trooper suffered some sort of bite, but over time the wound festered, bacteria began eating away at his flesh and now parts of his spine are visible. But he can still feel affection.
King-Tucker says her drive to continue caring for Trooper comes from his determination to continue living.
"Itís so hard when you see somebody, human or animal go through challenges like that and still want to be here," said King-Tucker.
King-Tucker said Trooper has a great shot at surviving, but it will be a long and expensive journey. The Wild Heart Ranch is accepting donations to help with Trooper's care.
If you suspect an animal is being abused, you can report it to your local police department.