“When I picked Beacon up, I was in complete shock,” Hoffman told The Dodo. “The pictures I had seen were awful, but in person it was even worse. His hooves were about 3 inches long and he couldn’t even walk properly. He was so skinny, all you saw was bone. He was terrified of everything. I tried to offer him a small piece of cookie to see if he would come near me but he wouldn’t.”
Poor Beacon had been so mistreated that he was absolutely terrified of everyone and everything, and it was a struggle for Hoffman and her husband to get him into a crate so they could take him home with them. They finally made it work, though, and got Beacon to his new home, and the next day Hoffman rushed him to the vet to begin his recovery journey.