2. In July 2014, at the age of 12, Hope was discarded at an auction. There, she was purchased by a kill buyer and began her journey to slaughter.
Although horse slaughter is illegal in the United States, kill buyers still peruse auctions around the USA to find horses they can ship and sell to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.
3. Hope was bought and tagged with a four-digit code that sealed her fate across the border. Luckily, Kris Young stepped in before Hope was shipped off.
Young tours kill lots and gathers information about horses being sent to slaughter. She posts their picture and biography on Facebook in hope of finding them a new owner.
4. Jill Aureliano, a horse trainer located in Old Brookville, NY, came across Young’s photo of the mule and she knew that she had to help.
Aureliano worked quickly to pull the mule from the kill buyer, but rescuing Hope would cost close to two thousand dollars. By partnering with Red Barn of Old Brookville, NY, Aureliano was able to give Hope a forever home.
5. She was rescued on July 4th, 2014. Aureliano named her Hope, fittingly.
10. She arrived at Red Barn that Friday, bounding off the truck to her new family.
12. Aureliano’s daughter, Brittany Cacossa, says, “Hope loves people and loves her new life. She’s absolutely infatuated with horses, too.”
13. She has an entire pasture to herself that she runs, plays and rolls in every day.
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