Legacy of colt Windchill lives on with new book: Warmed by Windchill

By KBJR News 1

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- Five years ago a Douglas County colt named Windchill stole the heart of animal lovers all across the country.

But at just nine months, Windchill lost his life due to owner neglect.

But now, years after his passing, the legacy of Windchill lives on.

Jeffrey Tucker rescued Windchill when he was left for dead in below freezing temperatures by negligent owners.

Tucker says the conditions were horrendous.

"It was bitterly cold, the winds were about 30 miles an hour, the temperature was around negative eight," Tucker said. "So that's about 55 below windchill. And all we could hear was the howling winds and a high pitch whiny."

Nursing the horse back to health was no easy feat.

Windchill had hypotherimia and his legs were frozen into a folded, sitting position.

"Brought out some electric heaters, brought out some blow dryers and just started drying him out, drying out his hair, using the blowdryers on his joints so we could start to move his legs because they were frozen solid," Tucker said.

Windchill miraculously battled thought the night but ultimately lost the war.

Not only was the colt left to die in sub-zero temperatures but his small size allowed bigger horses on the farm to run him away from food and water causing malnutrition.

From the tragedy, "Windchill's Law" was born.

"It was difficult to prove for example that there wasn't food or water being provided because of the way that the statutes were written so we clarify what it means to provide and animal with food or water," Representative Nick Milory, (D-South Range) said. "It also clarifies what it means to abandon an animal."

The bill was initially introduced in 2009 but failed.

"Due to lobbyists from the NRA and some of the other organizations so in the past couple of years we've worked closely to resolve the differences with each of those organizations," Tucker said.

"Research shows people who are willing to abuse animals are more likely to abuse their family members, so there's a real strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic abuse," Rep. Milroy said.

Windchill's Law plans to send a stern message.

"Abusing animals is not alright in our society," Rep. Milroy said. "If you do it, there will be consequences to pay."

Tucker recently authored "Warmed by Windchill," a book dedicated to the colt's memory.

Gabrielle Ware