She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana.
Molly spent weeks on her own before being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled! While there, she was attacked by a pit bull and almost died. Her leg had been gnawed which became infected and she needed Help Now!
A vet caring for Molly at the farm took her to LSU for help! Seeing Molly and knowing she was a welfare case, they didn't want to help. Fortunately a kind surgeon, Rustin Moore, took pity on Molly. He saw that the pony was definitely a survivor! Dr Moore had to remove Molly's right leg just below the knee and built a temporary limb for her to walk. Molly was then able to walk out of the clinic where her story truely began there.
This was the right horse and the right owner, Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one in a million patient. She's tough as nails, sweet and willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed, compliant owner who is dedicated to provide the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.
Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post- Katrina Louisiana The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis built her leg. The prothetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet reports. And she asks for it! She will put her little limb out and come to you to let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too! Sometimes Molly gets away from Allison Barca and it's pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse, she laughs!
Most important of all, Molly has a job now! Kay, the rescue farm owner started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, anywhere Molly could give people hope. Wherever Molly went, she inspired people And, she had a great time doing it! It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane, a horrible injury and now she's giving hope to others. She not back to normal yet, but she is getting better. Molly should be a symbol of hope for all Katrina victims.
This is Molly's most recent prothesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on (notice the smiley face embossed on it.) Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley foot print behind. :)