(from left to right) Bobby II with Susan Wagner, President, Equine Advocates, Naomi Semeniuk, Edita Birnkrant of Friends of Animals, Elizabeth Forel, Head of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, Ardele Murphy and kneeling are Claudia Rose Emerson of Hearts for Animals & Karen Lin
On Sunday, July 11, 2010, Bobby II (“Bobby Freedom”), a former New York City carriage horse rescued from certain slaughter, was united with all of his saviors at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, New York. In what can only be described as a stunning collaboration of quick thinking and cooperation, Bobby was pulled out of a New Holland, PA kill pen and shipped to New York where he was sent to a hospital, examined, treated and then moved to his new permanent home at the sanctuary. Elizabeth Forel, head of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, who was first tipped off about Bobby and put the wheels in motion, was visibly moved when she finally met the horse she helped to save. Elizabeth had contacted Equine Advocates to expedite the rescue while Edita Birnkrant of Friends of Animals and the coalition helped to provide the funding for his purchase and transport to New York. Equine Advocates arranged for his hospitalization and transport to the sanctuary. It was an especially emotional day as everyone posed for pictures with Bobby and spent time getting to know him.