Molly - The Incredible New Orleans Pony


387 Words 3-Minute Listen

Molly the pony's story begins on August 28th 2005, after hurricane Katrina decimated the city of New Orleans. Abandoned by her owners, Molly spent a few weeks on her own before being rescued along with other abandoned animals by Kaye Harris. However, Molly's troubles were far from over!

While at Kaye's farm, the Shetland pony was attacked by a pit bull. Poor Molly was bitten and gnawed at in various places, but the worst was her right leg. A few weeks after the attack, this leg became severely infected.

Local veterinarian, Dr. Barco decided to take her to the Louisiana State University's (LSU) vet school for examination and consultation. She was hoping that she could get Molly's leg amputated and replaced with an artificial one.

The doctors at LSU, overwhelmed by the aftermath from the hurricane, almost refused to treat Molly. Besides fitting a horse with a prosthetic leg was almost unheard of. But Dr. Barco persisted and finally convinced Dr. Rustin Moore, a surgeon at LSU to examine Molly.

Dr. Moore was amazed by what he saw. Molly was doing everything she could to survive her injury. She would avoid putting weight on her right leg, constantly shift around so she wouldn't get sores and even allow doctors to check her injured leg. She really wanted to survive!

He decided to operate on her and with help from the Humane Society and Lifesavers Inc., they managed to gather enough funds to pay for Molly's expenses.

Today Molly is a happy little camper. She is back at the animal shelter and loves her new leg, which she runs over to get fitted every morning. She also makes it very clear when she wants it off. She sometimes even canters off on her three legs and Kay has to catch her.

For the people of New Orleans, Molly is more than a pony - she is an inspiration of someone who survived against all odds! Kay and Molly are now regular visitors to shelters, hospitals and nursing homes to provide kids and adults with hope and inspiration.

In fact, Molly inspired Pam Kaster so much, that she recently published a children's book about this brave little pony, called "Molly the Pony - a true story", available at all bookstores and through by clicking the link below.

Source:,livesavers Inc.

Cite Article
  • home_girl242
    home_girl242Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 10:23 am
    that is so cool
    • CHINA chicksSaturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:34 am
      That is the saddest story. You are so lucky puppy pony love. I have always wanted a money or horse. I wanted one since I was born!!!!
      • pony personMonday, January 21, 2019 at 5:23 pm
        wow i love that story and video gust stued i love it soooooooooooooo much.
        • Unicorn 🦄🦄Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1:02 pm
          Thats was the saddest thing ever
          • Skis,d,c,slalTuesday, December 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm
            That’s so cool
            • Horselover104Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 10:14 am
              I am such a horse lover!!!!!
              • Animal LoverSaturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:38 am
                awwww! its just like Winter the dolphin. she has a prosthetic tail. cool right?
                • puppy pony loveMonday, April 9, 2018 at 6:53 am
                  i love the pony story i love pony i have one at my home riaht now.
                  • housse lover Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm
                    lovely horse but such a sad story
                    • horse lover 123Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                      poor molly but that is cool that she gets a second chance at life