Adopting an OTTB and a slaughterhouse near-miss: Is perfection the enemy of the good?

L'Animaux, now known as Animal, in his Missouri paddock. Photo: Eileen Rectenwald Foster

L’Animaux, now known as Animal, in his Missouri paddock. Photo: Eileen Rectenwald Foster

In early March, Emily Daignault-Salvaggio logged onto Facebook and saw that her friend Bev Strauss, the co-founder and president of Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, had tagged her in a post.

When she clicked on it, her heart sank.

Staring at her from the screen was a familiar face, a chestnut horse that she had, months earlier, worked to find a home for, posting the retired Thoroughbred on her Horses Looking for Homes page. She’d been unsuccessful, and now L’Animaux, a seven-year-old gelding by Leroidesanimaux, was at the New Holland auction in Pennsylvania, likely headed to a kill buyer and then to a slaughterhouse.

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