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San Diego Humane Society seeks information about abandoned horses

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement is asking the public for information that will help identify two horses who were found abandoned just one week apart at a staging area corral in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. The first horse was found Tuesday, Nov. 21, and the second Sunday, Nov. 26. Both horses were in poor condition and taken to San Diego Humane Society's Escondido Campus for immediate treatment.

Sadly, following a detailed examination and X-rays, the medical team determined that the second horse was experiencing such severe pain that the only option was to alleviate his suffering through humane euthanasia. The first rescued horse, a male Quarter mix, pictured here, will remain at San Diego Humane Society's Escondido Campus until he is healthy and next steps can be determined, pending the investigation.

Under California law, it is illegal to abandon an animal.

"We are here to help, so please reach out to us before you leave an animal to fend for themselves," Jace Huggins, chief of humane law enforcement for San Diego Humane Society, said. "We also ask the public to speak up if they know something, so we can ensure that no additional horses are left without essential care such as food and water."

Anyone with information about the abandonment of these horses is asked to call San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement at 619-299-7012 and press 1 for dispatch. If a resident needs help caring for pets, contact San Diego Humane Society for assistance. For more information, visit

Submitted by San Diego Humane Society.


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