In 2017 Spirit crossed paths with IHP: he was found without a microchip, physically debilitated and wandering in a village in the province of Salerno, where he was ordered seized by the local Mayor. The owner was never found, and it could be because Spirit tested positive for equine infectious anemia. Like we always say, this does not mean that the horse is ill in any way, but under current law he’s not allowed to stay with other horses unless they too test positive for anemia.
With no hope of finding somebody to look after him, a few months later the Mayor ordered that he be slaughtered. Luckily, just a few days before the scheduled slaughter date, some volunteers contacted us. We immediately arranged to obtain full custody of Spirit and took him to the Rescue Centre. Since then he’s been living free with his new friends, who accepted him without problems: indeed, Spirit is very fun-loving, curious and sociable, happily interacting with every species, human or equine, wanting to approach him.