Hearts & Hooves Make A Comeback - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/08

Hearts & Hooves Make A Comeback

It's been little more than six months since we first reported on The Hearts and Hooves miniature horses being attack by two pit-bulls. The attack happened while the horses were in their pens at home. But the tragedy of that day in late January and the days that followed has been happily overcome.

"We got so many phone calls and so many letters and donations but it's just so neat to put faces with some of those," said Kauli Sparks.

Sparks owns the minis and she along with her volunteer staff introduced a special new addition to their team at Saturday's event, Dolly.

"She's about 24 inches tall and she's just precious," said Melanie Tatum.

"I think she's going to fit in just great, everybody's loved her out here today," added Sparks.

Saturday's barbeque was a public thank you to everyone who prayed, wrote, called and donated to the hearts and hooves organization after the attack.

"We're estimating probably about 400 people came out today," said Tatum.

Each of them brought a canned good to support The South Plains Food Bank. People like the Hedrick family.

"We came out to see the horses and see how they were doing," Mrs. Hedrick said.

The Hedrick's have five children who all enjoyed the minis and all the other animals at Kenny's Corral.

"This was the only way we knew to give back a little bit. There was just no way to write a thank you to everybody that helped, or called or that was concerned," said Sparks.

And though it's been a relatively short time since the attack the mini's are already back to the grind and doing what they do best, bringing smiles and therapy to those who need it most.

"We've already been out. We've been very busy the last few months. We've gone to nursing homes, we've been to the state school, to daycares... We've been very busy," said Tatum.

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