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Mare among animals rescued by volunteers in Luther wildfire

The animal rescue team was called to action for the first time Aug. 3. Together with Oklahoma County deputies, the volunteers rescued horses, cows, dogs and a chicken.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: August 23, 2012 at 11:27 am •  Published: August 22, 2012

“It's an honor to help other people,” Cavanaugh said.

Alvarez gave Babe to the Cavanaughs, and the couple have been providing the horse with veterinary care.

Her three other horses are being housed at a friend's ranch. Cavanaugh transported them there and donated feed, she said.

The horses are especially important to Alvarez because she operates a carriage business in Oklahoma City, she said.

She hopes to rebuild. Her home and the home of her sister's family were lost that day, along with the barn and corral.

“My husband passed away in December 2010,” Alvarez said. “He always said that when he retired he would like to live there and have his horses, now everything is gone. It's sad for me. I just lost my husband and now I lost my house, but thank God we are alive, and my horses are OK.”

Babe was scratched and bruised the night of the fire, and one of her legs needs attention. She has been eating poorly and needs to gain 30 pounds.

If she can recover, she might make a good mounted patrol horse for the sheriff's department, Cavanaugh said. If that's not her destiny, she is welcome to live on the farm indefinitely, along with two horses, four alpacas, three dogs and three cats.

Investigators think arson sparked the Luther wildfire and continue to investigate leads, Whetsel said. About $12,000 has been raised as a reward for information leading to an arrest.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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