The WVU Animal Sciences Farm recently hosted a gray Pony of the Americas named Molly as an overnight guest. Molly isn’t your typical pony, however.
She’s twice a survivor.
Molly survived Hurricane Katrina, the deadly storm that struck the Louisiana coastline in 2006, and being attacked by a pit bull that led to the amputation of her right front leg. Rustin Moore, a 1986 graduate of the Davis College and current professor and chairperson of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, performed the surgery and fitted her with a temporary cast while director of the Equine Health Studies Program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Molly was later fitted with a prosthesis and now travels to various organizations as part of the non-profit foundation Kids and Ponies – Molly’s Foundation.
She and her owner, Kaye Harris, were passing through the area and needed a place to stay. Harris contacted Moore who, in turn, contacted Paul Lewis, director of the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.
“This was a great opportunity for us to assist someone who needed it and to meet Molly, a pony one of our graduates helped rehabilitate,” Lewis said.