Horse Recovering after Being Discovered Severely Emaciated in Stanislaus County

TURLOCK -- A horse is recovering after it was found in a Stanislaus County park too weak to stand Monday night.

"I saw some fight in him and some life, so I had the room and just immediately agreed to take him," Bryen Camden said.

Camden adopted the horse, now named River Maximus, Tuesday morning.

"He was standing when I first got here but still just the sight of him alone, it brought me to tears," he said.

River was found by a father and son in Laird Park in the Modesto area.

"When we first came upon him and I'm just thinking this poor soul is done," rescuer Bobbie Carne said. "I mean, when I reached down and touched him he was cold."

Carne, along with deputies and animal control, worked to get River to Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Turlock that night.

"Ask for help instead of dumping your animals," Carne said.

Carne says if the father and son hadn't made the initial call, the horse wouldn't be alive today. Instead, River is on the mend.

"He shows that he’s wanting to eat, he's wanting to drink," Carne said. "He’s getting a little more confident that he’s going to make it through this and that's a very good sign."

River is expected to go home with Camden on Thursday.

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