Dakota was 400 pounds underweight.
The 19-year-old horse was also being kept in a small pen. The animal’s hooves weren’t tended to. And, neither were its teeth.
But according to Norfolk, Virginia-based PETA, the starving horse was given up by its owner and taken to a rehabilitation facility to pack some weight back on and find a new forever home.
“For the first time, this 19-year-old horse is celebrating Christmas with a devoted family—one with four granddaughters who adore him,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals explained.
Dakota’s new family couldn’t be happier than to give him experiences he’s never had.
“All horses deserve to be loved by a little girl at least once in their lifetime. And this little guy’s hit the jackpot because he’s got four of them,” Dakota’s guardian Pam, told PETA.