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Only On 8: Woman who adopted starved horse speaks out after accused abuser arrested

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The day after a lady was arrested, accused of abusing, and neglecting three horses within the northeast valley, the individual who adopted one is sharing her story completely with 8 News Now. 

“He’s my best friend now,” the horse’s adopter mentioned. 

‘Zeke,’ as he’s now referred to as, has been to hell and again, however he’s at present dwelling the life he’s all the time deserved. 

The lady who adopted him two years in the past didn’t need to share her identification however spoke with 8 News Now Friday about how far he’s come since he was saved. 

“Nothing was taken care of,” she defined. “He was still underweight when he came home.”

She mentioned he was considered one of three horses starved within the northeast valley for months. 

“His hips were sticking out like no other,” she recalled. “He was moving slow, he didn’t want to get up.”

Hermalinda Rocha was arrested on Tuesday, accused of maintaining Zeke and two different horses in filthy situations, with algae-covered water buckets and no meals. 

“As far as I know, he was pretty much up to his belly in feces,” his present proprietor mentioned. ‘And he solely had his feces to eat.”

It was an extended, troublesome street his present household needs Zeke by no means needed to face, however with their love and dedication, he’s now doing his finest to embrace his second likelihood at happiness. 

“He’s still not over anything, but he is getting there,” his adopter mentioned. “And he is getting better by the day.”

She mentioned the horse is slowly beginning to perceive he’ll by no means must know starvation, worry, or ache ever once more. 

“He knows he’s going to be fed,” his proprietor concluded. “He knows that it’s not going to stop again.”

According to arrest stories, one of many horses rescued with Zeke was later euthanized resulting from continued well being points. 

Hermalinda Rocha faces three felony expenses for willful or malicious torture of a canine, cat, or animal. The alleged crimes had been dedicated from 2018 to 2020. 

Rocha was launched from jail on her personal recognizance however ordered to not have any contact with animals. She is due again in courtroom on August 9.