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Mailing Address: 17130 Van Buren Blvd., #45, Riverside, CA, 92504
Phone: 951-943-0627

TIER has been contacted about a horse with an eye issue. At this time, it is not known if the problem with his eye is due to injury or cancer. TIER is willing to step in to help this horse if we can. If we can raise funds to help Duncan, within the next few days he will be picked up and taken to Dr. Hoyme's facility for evaluation. If it is squamos cell carcinoma as thought, surgery will be performed. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer in the eye for horses. It typically affects the conjunctiva around the eye but will occasionally make its way into the eye itself.


6/2/2012 - UPDATE - Duncan Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Unfortunately, Duncan was euthanized this afternoon as the vet deemed the cancerous tumor inoperable.  The tumor had invaded so much of Duncan's face/eye that there just wasn't anything he could do. When the vet first saw Duncan in person, he took a step back and said "Oh Gail, we can't fix this at all."  

I guess I was in shock or something because I asked him "Why Not"?  Our vet has always been willing to go the extra mile on procedures to help horses.  He has done surgeries, skin grafts, hair transplants, massive wound care, etc.  I suppose I thought he would be able to wave his magic "Vet Wand" and make Duncan whole again.

He showed Kristy and I the large blood vessels that had developed along Duncan's jaw that had become prominent due to the demand for blood by the tumor.  The tumor had destroyed his eye and there was no telling how much invasion there had been. 

Our vet, his assistant, myself and Kristy were devastated.  This situation was absolutely senseless.  Duncan was only about 10 years old!!!  He was kind, well mannered, almost 16 hands tall and beautiful. If he had been treated when the tumor first appeared this story most likely would have had a much different ending.  The Vet estimated that this had been going on for over a year untreated.

Farewell Dear Duncan.  Know that many of us cared and wanted so much more for you. 



We are taking steps to help Duncan.  The wheels are in motion to get him the care he needs.  This is the first photo we received.  As you can see, the eye looks to be painful and in need of care asap.  Apparently, Duncan was not given any type of treatment for his eye in the past.  We hope to change this quickly.

There is quite a bit of swelling and, of course, discharge from his poor eye.



True Innocents Equine Rescue (T.I.E.R)
17130 Van Buren Blvd., #45
Riverside, CA, 92504
Tel: 951-943-0627
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