Dec 16, 2015 11:37 AM
UPDATE: Mini horse will undergo stem cell surgery to try and save his leg
ROCHESTER - A company has donated $4,000 in stem cells to try and save the leg of Max the mini horse.
Max was mysteriously shot in the leg Dec. 1 at his home in Acushnet, Mass.
Police are investigating the shooting, but Max's owner, Julie Nightlinger, says the bullet broke apart in his leg so there is little evidence. Julie believes the only way Max's shooter will be caught is if someone comes forward.
Max is currently at Myhre Equine Clinic in Rochester where Dr. Myhre said Max's operation on Tuesday to remove the bullet and fragments was successful on Tuesday.
The Nightlinger family has decided to move forward with the unprecedented stem cell procedure, knowing it may not work. Max will remain at the animal hospital for the next month, with several surgeries planned.
Nightlinger says that it's worth a shot because with a prosthetic leg has to be changed twice a day and you have to keep it dry, an almost impossible task for a horse that makes his home in a barn and field.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with Max's medical costs.