|June 25, 2009 Update
[Suzi and Whiskey News]
June 25, 2009
First and foremost: thanks to all who wrote, called and faxed the Orange County, NY, DA and ADA on behalf of the abuse case of these two horses, Suzi and Whiskey. It was your expression of outrage that brought about a review of this case--a case in which animals truly did suffer; a case in which animals will bear the scars of their suffering for life. Had you not actively intervened, this case would now very likely be closed: one count of misdemeanor abuse, guilty. A slap on the wrist of the hand that caused two animals months of extraordinary pain and suffering, and months of starvation as well.
And a very special thanks to all who came to Wallkill for the rally--I know a number of you drove many miles to stand up in a very personal way for Suzi and Whiskey--thank you. This effort brought the focus of the press to the case, and reinforced its public importance to the justice system community: two non-human lives were abused, and people are demanding justice. Thank you so much.
At this time, as previously stated, the case against Keum H. Lee is under review by the felony unit, and will go forward, from there, to presentation before a grand jury. We will keep you posted as to the progress of this review, which is expected to conclude shortly.
Keum H. Lee is currently scheduled to come before the court again on August 5. All reviews must be completed prior to that date.
The best news of all: the last x-ray taken of Suzi's wounded areas reveals no new infection tracts in the wound--an important finding. Prior to this, the infection in Suzi's facial bones was not responding to any given therapy, and if the infection continued to degrade, her prognosis was grim--the infection would very likely travel into the brain cavity. But now, at last, there is reason to be hopeful that healing has finally begun. Though the prognosis is still guarded, this finding provides good reason to be hopeful that Suzi will heal. And she is looking so much better! We will continue to be positive, and continue to hope for the best.
And finally: thanks to Dr. Rachael Fiske, and to Lynda and Mike Broas, for the long hours of nursing, for caring, for doing everything that could be done to keep the light in these two depressed and injured animals glowing. You saved them. Words cannot express the gratitude of hundreds of caring hearts. For ending the pain of these two sweet horses, and getting them to safety, words will never be enough.
Director, Sunnyskies Bird & Animal Sanctuary