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Video documents efforts to save life of horse found frozen to the ground

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-25 17:40:07-05

(WARNING: The video contains images of injuries to horses that some viewers may find disturbing.)

This YouTube video documents the efforts of volunteers and animal activists to save a young horse that was found malnourished and frozen to the ground in southern Utah.

The young horse died more than two weeks after being found, despite numerous individuals’ efforts to save Elsa’s life, which included bringing in a sling to help the horse stand.

The story of the horse gained a great deal of attention, as well as some outrage. A southern Utah man faces charges in connection with the case. A petition that asks a Utah lawmaker to enact stricter animal cruelty laws has been created bearing Elsa’s name.