Therapy Pony Gets Surgery To Save Sight

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Buggs is doing well after surgery at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 10TV's Tracy Townsend reported Monday.

The therapy pony is 17, in middle age, and is suffering from a painful illness that was stealing his vision.

Buggs was given to third-grader Nathan Young on his first birthday. But Nathan also shared his pet with others. Buggs visited nursing home residents in Fairfield County and helped kids in a 4-H program in Perry County learn to ride.

The children helped raise money to pay for the pony's surgery, though more is needed, Townsend reported.

Last Friday, as part of a clinical trial, veterinarians stitched the blind eye closed and slipped a drug-coated implant into Buggs'  remaining eye, to ease his pain and try and save his vision.

Owner Jennifer Young said that Buggs is now prancing around the yard.

"We brought him home Saturday morning, and I must say, his entire attitude is so different from what it has been these past four and a half months," Young said.  "He seems happy.  He's back to being ornery and animated."

On April 28, Buggs will be at Lancaster Tractor Supply to say thank you to his supporters.

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