Allegedly Maltreated Horses Removed from California Property

More than two dozen horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a San Diego County, California, property.

Dan DeSousa, deputy director of San Diego County Animal Services, animal control officers removed 31 allegedly maltreated horses—including yearlings, weanlings, and at least one pregnant mare—from a property in Valley Center, California, on Aug. 23.

“Six of the horses were stallions, and they were in with the mares,” DeSousa said.

All of the horses were allegedly in need of hoof care and allegedly malnourished, he said.

“We had horses in the condition of where we could see ribs to where we could see the entire spine,” DeSousa. “They are now all being fed and taken care of.”

A veterinary examination will determine if the horses are in need of other rehabilitative care, he said.

Meanwhile, the horses are residing at the San Diego County animal care facility.

Llamas, miniature cattle, geese, and a dog removed from the same premises are also under Animal Services care, DeSousa said.

Charges in the case remain pending.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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