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Rally Raises Funds for Northstar, Challenges Legislation

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Since six-year-old Northstar was brutally set on fire this past August, the outpouring of support for his cause have been overwhelming for owner Jessie Woodworth.

"The horse community is a fabulous community, they're just, they're 100%," she said.

Around 70 horses and their owners rode a three mile trek to Mound Grove Golf Course in Waterford for the latest showing of solidarity.

They came to raise money for Northstar's ongoing medical care in Ohio, and to ask for change in legislation when it comes to harming animals.

"What happened to Northstar was just plain cruel," said Rick Kreider, who organized the ride to go along with the rally. He said better legislation is needed to handle those issues.

People rallied to change animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a felony. Most owners would tell you their horse is like part of the family. 

"You spend more time with them than you do with your family sometimes, taking care of them," said Woodward. "Any abuse to any animal... should be treated the same as a human... that's a trusting, loving soul that has put all of its trust in you."

Supporter Sarah Wurst sat atop her own majestic horse as she gave her view, saying "I think when it's premeditated like that it deserves more than a slap on the wrist." 

Northstar's resilience has impressed veterinarians, and Woodward reports that he's doing well, although he's due for more skin grafts.

She's anxiously awaiting the day he comes home.

"I just wish I was riding him here," she said as tears came to her eyes, "but his sisters here, so she's here for her brother."

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