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Horse in recovery after rattlesnake attack

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -

A horse named Mocha was bitten by a Mohave rattlesnake, one of the most poisonous kinds. The animal's owners call her a horse with a heart of gold. They say she deserves every chance to recover.

We caught up with the animal to see how she's doing. Mocha was attacked by a rattlesnake on Friday. The snake bite left her in bad shape.

“She was in pretty severe respiratory distress and we would up putting an emergency tracheotomy into her,” says Alana Hendricks, Durango Equine Rescue Clinic.

Recovery is slow, but today Mocha is starting to move around and eat a bit.

“We’re able to have a walkaround, now she’s able to eat a little bit of grass.”

A good sign. But Mocha is still pushing away food, swallowing has been difficult since her tracheotomy.

Now the horse is on an IV for fluid and nourishment. Mocha's owner says the horse changed her family's lives. She's their pride and joy.

They bonded with the horse after getting her just a few months ago.

“To see her perfectly normal and then the next day to be struggling for air and trying to survive is absolutely heartbreaking,” says owner Jill Wass.

Luckily the owner acted swiftly when she saw the horse struggling to breathe. She rushed the animal to a vet. But a strong dose of snake anti-venin was not an option.

“It’s hard to get enough dose in horses, in her particular case we think she was bit by a Mohave rattlesnake where we don’t have antivenin available for Mohave snakes,” says Hendricks.

Now workers and the horse's owner are grateful the animal has a fighting chance.

“She’s a lot better than what she was, every day we see a glimmer of hope.”

It's costing the family nearly $1,000 a day to keep Mocha in treatment.

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