Lady, says Pipkin, has made tremendous strides since her rescue on October 13.
"She is doing remarkably well," Pipkin told The Dodo. "She has put on weight already, which is great."
Pipkin says she thinks Lady might be available for adoption as early as the end of November.
Captain Baimbridge says he hopes to rescue more horses but the reason only Lady has been fortunate enough to be yanked out of a deplorable situation is that he's trying to be methodical.
"We want to make sure we are doing it right and won't set us back," Baimbridge told The Dodo. "My concern is if you don't do it correctly or jump the gun or don't do it properly, it could hurt us. We want to make sure that down the line a judge doesn't come down against us or there is an injunction that wouldn't just hamper but stop the effort altogether."
The other day, he explains, a horse got loose and got hit by a car. "All four legs were broken. It was awful. It's part of this whole problem - not just the neglect, but that the horses are running free [being uncared for]. So they get hit by cars."
The sergeant called him, he says, devastated. "Eventually, the horse had to be put down. But I think this sergeant realized ... well, we all do: We are taking this so seriously. Now, we've got two officers who go out now twice a week, just on this. And look, we've got 235,000 people to focus on. And to be honest, this is an this issue is that it strains our resources: We have so many other things to deal with - robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults. From a lot of people's perspective, they think 'This isn't your job.' "But it is our job. Because the reality is, no one else has been able to fix it. And it's the right thing to do."
"A lot of this is new territory," Baimbridge adds. "Rescuing horses isn't something we have, as police officers, have traditionally been involved in."
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