Horse Abused During Journey to Fla. Finds New Home in Keys

After his owner rode Trigger the horse all the way on a 700 miles journey from South Carolina to Florida, the recovering animal is getting to stay in the sunshine of the Florida Keys for the rest of his time.

The animal, which was confiscated from his owner last November following the dangerous journey, is the newest resident of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm. The South Florida SPCA delivered him earlier this week.

Left blind in one eye, Trigger was left emaciated with saddle sores on his back that were so severe the animal wouldn’t let anyone near him. His owner, later charged with animal cruelty, put the bit in Trigger’s mouth backwards to the point where the animal had severe sources inside. Trigger was malnourished as the owner said he couldn’t afford to feed the animal during his journey.

“We are happy to be able to give Trigger a home here in the Keys,” said Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “He is a wonderful addition to our farm; the kids and families who visit will love him.”

SPCA officials say the last few months of care have restored Trigger back to near perfect health.