Horse Rescue group gets flooded by recent rains
NAPLES, Fla.- The recent rains have caused flooding problems on the property where Horse Rescue of South Florida rescues horses and rehabilitates them.
Cynthia Gilbert is relieved to finally get her horses some fresh food on Friday. The recent rain destroyed the hay she had before.
"It got much and sand and dirt in it so it was unusable," said Cynthia Gilbert, Executive Director of Horse Rescue of South Florida.
She rehabilitates former racing horses in Golden Gate Estates, but now mother nature is messing with her mission and making it difficult for her to care for these animals. On Friday, you can still see some standing water in the neighborhood. Cynthia shot video earlier in the week that shows the horses' pasture flooded and the horses are splashing around in standing water.
"It makes it an unsafe place. Horses are not meant to live in water. It's really bad for their feet. They can get infections if they have any sort of cuts or punctures on their foot."
The flooding got so bad, some horses had to be relocated and the group is in need of donations and helping hands. Jim Marek is visiting from Ohio and donating time to help out. He recalls the thunderstorms we got just a couple days ago.
Cynthia must now build high ground for these animals.
"We need fill, some sort of sand or gravel, something we can build up and make a surface so they can be out of the water."
Horse Rescue of South Florida is looking for volunteers or donations.