On May 14, 2020, a good samaritan called in a concern to our Humane Officers regarding a skinny horse on a property in Ventura County. Officer King met with the owner who decided it was in the horse’s best interest to be signed over to the HSVC to find a new home. Upon arrival at the shelter, the Thoroughbred mare was affectionately named Jasmine, Jazzy for short, after the way she kicked up her feet as if she were dancing.
After being seen by Dr. April Armstrong, DVM, Jasmine was diagnosed with a rectovaginal fistula. A rectovaginal fistula is an opening or perforation through the wall, or septum, between the rectum and the vagina of a mare. While it is unknown how Jazzy came to be in this condition, it most often occurs as a result of an accidental perforation during the foaling process. Surgery is often needed to repair the perforation and restore normal functions. For more information on this condition, visit equimed.com.
Jasmine’s surgery was performed on June 8th by Dr. Cori Youngblood, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA at Humphrey, Giacopuzzi, & Assoc. Equine Hospital in Somis. She returned to the HSVC on June 10th after a successful surgery and will be recovering under the care of our shelter staff. It is estimated that Jazzy’s medical expenses will be in the thousands, including the cost of the surgery, vet visits, and post-surgery medication and care.
Those wanting to donate in support of Jasmine’s care and recovery can donate by going to our website and choosing Medical Fund from the dropdown menu. No amount is too small to make a difference! It is important to note that the cost of her care will continue to rise to include any of the expenses to the shelter itself such as the staff required to care for her, boarding, food, transportation, etc. Any donations received beyond Jazzy's care will be rolled over to our medical fund to help future animals in need. Please call the shelter at 805-646-6505 with any questions.
The Humane Society of Ventura County is a compassionate care shelter and non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of homeless animals throughout Ventura County. By donating to the HSVC, you'll be part of a community of people who are making a positive impact on the lives of animals in need in Ventura County.