Horse Farmer Found Nearly Frozen to Death
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Horse Farmer Found Nearly Frozen to Death

August 15, 2019


CAROLINE? CAROLINE: KENNY SMITH IS BEING
TREATED FOR FROSTBITE INSIDE
COLUMBIA ST. MARY’S BURN UNIT. SIX HORSES.>>WEVE GOT CHIP RIGHT HERE THEN
BEHIND HIM, BEHIND THE PANEL IS
JOEL. BOGIE AND TEX. HENRY AND DUSTY OVER THERE ON
THE RIGHT SIDE. CAROLINE: A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS
NOW CARING FOR ALL OF THEM NOW
AFTER THEIR OWNER KENNY SMITH
FELL IN THE SNOW WHILE FEEDING
THEM LAST WEEK.>>THE PANEL WAS HALF OPEN AND
HORSES WERE NUDGING HIM, WAITING
FOR THEIR GRAIN. CAROLINE: SMITH’S LONGTIME
FRIEND, BRYAN ROSINE, HAD BEEN
CALLING ALL DAY, DECIDED TO
CHECK ON THE 75-YEAR-OLD
DIABETIC WHEN HE FOUND SMITH
LYING IN THE SNOW, HIS DOG BARKING AND SMITH FROZEN, BARELY
ALIVE.>>THAT’S WHERE HE SAT FROM, I
WOULD SAY, SIX TO EIGHT HOURS. AND I THINK IN THAT TIME, HE
JUST STRUGGLED TOO MUCH. CAROLINE: A PHOTO SHOWS SMITH
NOW IN THE HOSPITAL. HE ALMOST LOST ALL HIS FINGERS
FROM FROSTBITE AND WILL NEED
EXTENSIVE REHABILITATION. HIS HORSES USED TO WORK WITH
MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
MOUNTED PATROL UNIT AT CITY
PARADES, THE BEACHES, EVEN
HARLEY DAVIDSON’S 100TH
ANNIVERSARY. IT COSTS $200 A WEEK TO FEED
THEM AND IS A FULL TIME JOB. SMITH’S FRIENDS HAVE HELPED
RAISE OVER $2,000 ON A GOFUNDME,
SUPPORT COMING IN FROM ALL OVER.>>PEOPLE HE DOESN’T KNOW,
PEOPLE HE DOES KNOW, PEOPLE HES
MET IN PASSING. CAROLINE: ALL TO HELP A MAN GET
BACK TO HIS FARM AND HIS HORSES. PATRICK: SO MANY PEOPLE HELPING
OUT. CAROLINE, YOU MENTIONED THE
FUNDRAISER. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE PEOPLE
CAN DO TO HELP? CAROLINE: PEOPLE CAN ALSO
VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME. THERE’S A NEED FOR HELP CARING
FOR THE HORSES WHILE SMITH
RECOVERS. WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION ON
WISN.COM. PATRICK: CAROLINE REINWA

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