Abandoned foal found

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By The Staff

Perhaps as a sign of troubled economic times, a 5-day old foal was found abandoned Saturday morning, May 16, at about 7:30 a.m. on the outskirts of Williston.

The foal was found between some parked trucks about 100 feet off U.S. 41 about a half a mile from the intersection of State Road 121.

Seen first by a passerby, the foal, a colt, is being cared for by a nearby horse farm. There are two adjoining businesses- BC Hauling and Williston Peanut. Volunteers have scoured all surrounding farms in the immediate area from which the foal may have originated.

The foal has been trained to drink from a bucket and its chances of survival are believed to good, if it was allowed to nurse from its mother in its first 12 hours of life.

Horse rescue groups are abundant in the area and would gladly have taken the animal had they been asked. The rising cost of gasoline and food may have contributed to the abandonment.

Anyone with any information on this foal should contact the Williston Police Department at 352 528- 4991.

Abandonment of animals is a first degree misdemeanor with a possible $5,000 fine and up to a year in jail.