Abandoned Indiana Horses Might Join Therapy Program

Two horses discovered wandering in a Ft. Wayne, Ind., park last week are now city property and might be eventually placed with an equine assisted therapy program, according to a written statement released by the City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Department.

Department Spokesperson Peggy Bender said the horse were discovered wandering in Johnny Appleseed Park on April 21. The animals legally became city property April 26 after their owner failed to step forward.

The horses are currently in quarantine and are under veterinary treatment for a Streptococcus equi infection, a contagious upper respiratory ailment commonly known as strangles.

After their complete recovery, the horses will be evaluated for use in an equine assisted therapy program, the statement said.

Bender said law enforcement authorities continue to seek the horses' owner, who, if found, could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.

The statement said law enforcement authorities are also seeking information about a possibly related incident involving a horse found wandering unattended on Auburn Road in Ft. Wayne on April 24. That animal was stuck by a car and was later euthanized due to its injuries, the statement said.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crime Stoppers at 260/436-7867.

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