Richard. Photo by Brogan Horton/Animal Rescue Unit

BRIDGTON — A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite.

Bridgton-based Animal Rescue Unit took over care of the pony that was suffering from cancer and an infection. Brogan Horton said temperatures plummeting to 25 below zero exacerbated the problem, causing part of the animal’s flesh to break off during an examination.

The animal, named Richard, will be spared from being euthanized thanks to a fundraising campaign that surpassed its goal of raising $4,000 for care, including reconstruction. Richard’s plight received international attention, including coverage in the New York Post and the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.

Horton said the goal is for the pony to live the remainder of its life pain-free. She said the pony has more than half his life left.

Thanks to the fundraising effort, Richard will be able to live out the rest of his days in comfort. Photo by Brogan Horton/Animal Rescue Unit

 

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