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Wet and cold for a good cause

January 23, 2007|by SYDNEY TOOLEY

On New Year's Day, I watched the Williamsport Polar Bear Potomac River Plunge 2007, a fundraiser for the local Humane Society.

Every year on New Year's Day, dozens and dozens of people come to Williamsport and run into the freezing water of the Potomac River. Despite rain, sleet, snow or hail, people come and plunge into the water for a good cause. It was fun, and I plan on going again next year.

Not only was it fun, but the plunge benefited something I care deeply about - the neglected horses rescued last year from a farm near Sharpsburg by the Humane Society of Washington County.

One caretaker; 32 acres; more than six dozen neglected horses.

In the news recently I saw a story about more than 70 horses that were neglected on a farm in Sharpsburg.

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I have personally seen some of the horses - 12 horses and 10 miniature ponies being looked after at a horse rescue facility. Most of them are wild, but they're gorgeous. I petted and fed the miniature ponies. The little ponies act like big dogs and will follow you around and nuzzle your hands and pockets looking for treats and affection.

I heard the story of what happened to the horses, and I was furious.

I was upset at the thought of anyone neglecting some of the cutest creatures on Earth and some of the most breathtaking horses I'd ever seen.

I wouldn't have understood completely if it weren't for my own horse, Kadee.

The thought of neglecting my horse, or any horse for that matter, makes me sick. I love my horse very much and I would never neglect her.

I think teens should get involved and help these beautiful creatures. The Humane Society of Washington County is overseeing the horses' care. The Humane Society of Washington County has set up a fund for this purpose - the Sharpsburg Horse Rescue and Medical Fund.

There are lots of fun ways to get involved with helping the horses. You can donate money to the Humane Society of Washington County fund for the horses, or you can help raise money - you and your friends can participate in Humane Society fundraisers such as walkathons.

I'm a Christian, and in my opinion, animals can't help themselves - that's why God gave them to us. They give us a sense of responsibility, and if treated properly, they will show us a lot of beauty.

If you would like to donate to those neglected horses or any other animals, contact the Humane Society of Washington County at 301-733-2060.

Your donation will help all the horses and animals that need medical treatment and places to stay.

Thank you for any donations you give. The horses are grateful.

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