ARGYLE - A horse was beaten with a baseball bat and left to die. But, an animal sanctuary in North Texas is refusing to put him down. Spirit has been battered and abused but he cannot be broken. He was beaten with a baseball bat in the knee and left to starve in a barren pasture for 8 months. Spirit arrived at the Ranch Hand Rescue Sanctuary four weeks ago. He was starved and his left front leg badly deformed after it was left untreated. He's already gained 150 pounds since being at the rescue center, showing his will to live. Spirit is an abuse case out of San Antonio and Bexar County where charges are being filed. Locally, the Denton County Sheriff's Department has helped with the case. "We had a lot of people that said he needed to be euthanized," said Ranch Hand Rescue's Bob Williams. Ranch Hand Rescue believed Spirit had a chance so they turned to Prosthetic Care in Fort Worth which helped save another horse named Midnight. Spirit's prosthetic brace is carbon fiber with stainless steel joints and a special foam which molds directly to the injury. Spirit and Midnight bonded like brothers when they first met, a connection that extends throughout the sanctuary. "You know we put God in everything we do I believe with all my heart he brings us these animals, we're their last hope," Williams said. And it is at the sanctuary where hope is the medicine that heals.