Cape girl saves horses from slaughter
From: South Portland – Cape Elizabeth Sentry
By: Michael Kelley
CAPE ELIZABETH — A simple search online for a new horse to ride turned into a life-changing event for Meghan Murphy, 12, of Cape Elizabeth.
Murphy, a student at Cape Elizabeth Middle School, was looking for information about leasing a riding horse in early August when she stumbled upon AuctionHorses.net, a website that listed an 11-month old horse that was scheduled to be executed.
“I was looking at leasing a horse because my horse, Coal, had colic surgery and I still can’t ride him,” Murphy said. “I saw this site about executing horses and thought, ‘That’s not nice.’”
After she saw Dreamer, an 11-month-old horse, was hours away from being killed, Murphy felt compelled to intervene.
One act of goodwill soon turned into two. Murphy said when the vehicle came to take Dreamer away from the kill pen, he would not leave without Murphy, a 5-monthold horse that stuck right by his side. Rather than try to separate the two, Murphy decided to use her money to save both of them.
“I decided I couldn’t spend my money on myself if these horses were going to die,” Murphy said.
She said she had quite the surprise for her father, Mick Murphy, when he came home from work that evening.