Cape girl saves horses from slaughter

Meghan Murphy, Dreamer and Murphy

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.

Meghan Murphy saves 2 horsesMurphy, a student at Cape Elizabeth Middle School, was looking for information about leasing a riding horse in early August when she stumbled upon, 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.

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  • Robyn

    What a Beautiful story…as a mother of a 12 yr. old myself I can certainly empathize the
    need to nurture the dreams and wants of
    our kids. Very Important.

    Meghan has good parent’s that recognize
    the ability to nurture and create a balanced child that will turn into a wonderful human being.

    October 4, 2013
  • What a wonderful story….with a happy ending…Meghan you are a great little girl with a big heart….

    October 4, 2013
  • mary Gardner

    God Bless you!

    October 4, 2013
  • sherriey

    what a wonderful and blessed child she is!
    pay attention all….this sweet child, and i hope many more, is our horse’s future when we are gone….she will continue our fight to save them!
    God bless her!!!!

    October 4, 2013
  • Meg, I am so very proud of you & your devotion to save horses from slaughter! You are such an amazing young woman & should feel so proud of yourself!! Hope Coal is doing okay.. I feel so proud also, that Habitat 4 Horses covered your heartwarming story.. One of my favorite orgs.. Thank you Jerry!! You should meet this amazing girl in person & introduce her to RT & Terry.. Profound, amazing story of a young girl & her devotion to save horses from slaughter.. Kathleen New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center

    October 4, 2013
  • sherriey

    Jerry…..e-mail me please…is there something wrong with your site here? can’t read or see anyone else comments…been like this lately. like no one is here any more…???? whats going on? even my comments i can’t see here…or anywhere….even old subjects…all comments seem to be erased…gone! from everyone….whats wrong?

    October 5, 2013
    • sherriey

      …can see them now…whatever happened got fixed. thanks!

      October 7, 2013