Community generosity helps Cam the pony
Nina Cravener, 8, daughter of Jared and Therese Cravener, reads a card from a well-wisher to Cam the pony, who is scheduled for surgery on Feb. 18 to remove broken teeth embedded in his jaw. Erin Brogan, who fostered Cam after he was given up by the previous owner in court, says the 5-year-old pony, rescued after being neglected, will be able to have the life-saving surgery because of gifts from area residents who responded to a story about his plight in The Winchester Star on Jan. 29.
“It simply is moving to know God’s people still exist and all work together to help,” Brogan said. Donors provided the needed $3,800 so the pony’s broken teeth can be removed and any infection cleared up. Veterinarian Bayard Rucker of Lebanon, an equine specialist, and Shayln Crawford of Four Star Equine, Cam’s local veterinarian, will perform the surgery, Brogan said. Dr. Claudia True of Ashland will provide follow-up care.
Brogan also thanked Wild Bill’s tack shop in Stephens City for accepting donations. Any money left over from the surgery will go to Cam’s aftercare and follow-up surgery to check that his jawbone is growing back properly. Brogan said Cam’s face will always be slightly deformed but that he should live a long life if the surgery is successful. Brogan said she will bring Cam to Winchester for a meet-and-greet day, when he has recovered, to thank everyone for their generosity.