GRAPHIC: Horse neglected three times fighting for new life

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DEL CITY, Okla. - Starved, abandoned and now fighting cancer; that is the life story of Scout in a few words.

Now, Scout's new owners are asking for your help in saving his life.

When we first saw Scout, he seemed okay.

However, part of his body has been taken over by cancer.

It’s been a long road for the horse.

“Back in July, he was found along the side of the road, the shelter took him,” said Mike Gray, a Del City police officer who rescued Scout.

This horse has experienced things you may never experience in a lifetime.

“He was starved nearly to death, he was skin and bones,” said Veronica Gray, Mike’s wife.

Scout was neglected three times.

After the third time, the Gray family stepped in and is now working to give him a new life.

“When they called, I knew we had to act, so we went over to the shelter and I knew we had to act, so he's here with us now,” Gray says.

However, it's not a happy ending yet.

“On the left side of his eye, his eye is totally gone, and all the tissue around it is rotten and, of course, he can`t see me,” said Gray’s daughter..

Scout has Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a common cancer in horses that if treated quickly, usually goes away.

“I don’t think his eye was removed, I think it just burst. I think that it got, the infection and the cancer got so much and he couldn’t handle it,” Gray says.

“I don’t know why somebody would do that to animal that hasn’t hurt them,” their daughter said.

Now the Gray family needs your help in granting their Christmas wish.

“They can’t ask for the help and I am asking you to help us, to help Scout so he can get better,” Gray says.

They hope to help Scout live a life with no pain.

“His good eye, he just looks at you with love even though he’s not feeling good himself,” Gray said.

The family needs about $3,000 for surgery, x-rays and medicine.

If you would like to donate money to help Scout, visit the family's GoFundMe site.

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