We at Live and Let Live Farm and Rescue are proud when we look back on the countless animals that have been saved over the years. Despite the number of animals that have passed through our lives, each one holds a place in our heart. Sometimes, however, there are stories that stick with us more than others. Ones that touch us and will never leave our thoughts. Bristol is one of those stories.
Live and Let Live was called in for a rescue situation late one evening and the conditions that were seen upon arrival were horrifying. Dozens of animals in various stages of starvation and dehydration. One horse, Bristol, could barely stand. Upon seeing the trailer she recognized her salvation and, summoning all the strength she had, she ran inside. On the way back to the Rescue her strength gave out and she collapsed in the trailer. Back at the Rescue with a vet on site and multiple volunteers, we worked into the night trying to save her. Her eyes cried out that she wanted to live but her body could not take the strain anymore. She died in the arms of people who loved her, even if we only knew her for a short time.
Bristol’s death sent a shock-wave through the Rescue. As we held each other and cried, the first reaction is usually to lash out and think negatively about the humans who, knowingly, starved this beautiful animal to death. But we have to be careful not to become cynical. Live and Let Live is proud to be a place of hope and healing and while Bristol’s death was 100% preventable and unnecessary, we have to look ahead and find the light in the darkness.
Because of Bristol’s death, the authorities became aware of the truly horrible conditions at her former home. Shortly after she died, they conducted another investigation where countless more animals were then saved. The story has also gained widespread attention which will hopefully bring to light that animal abuse is real and that help is out there for those who ask. If you suspect a case of neglect or abuse please don’t be silent. These animals cannot speak for themselves.
Rest in peace, Bristol. We will never forget you.
(Links below are visible by clicking on the articles title “Bristol’s Legacy” at the top)
See the WMUR story by clicking here
See the Concord Monitor story by clicking here
See the NBC Boston story by clicking here
See the NECN Boston story by clicking here