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Another skinny, abandoned horse found in Inland Empire

September 16, 2011 | 10:43 pm

Abandoned horse

Riverside County Animal Services officials said Friday that they have discovered yet another abandoned horse this week, this time a skinny 15-year-old Thoroughbred mare in a field near Perris.

This is the second starving horse found in the Inland Empire this week and is at least the 41st abandoned horse in Riverside County this year. Many of those abandoned have been malnourished.

Animal control officers discovered this horse by chance on Tuesday afternoon, as they were herding some wayward cows back onto a different property off Forrest Drive near San Jacinto Avenue.

The officers had left their horse-handling equipment in their trucks, so they fashioned a makeshift halter for the horse out of dog leashes.

Fortunately, the mare is "a real sweetie," said Officer Tiffany Fuller, and was easily handled.

Dr. Allan Drusys, chief veterinarian for Riverside County, said he believes the mare can be rehabilitated. 

A $15,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has enabled Riverside County Animal Services to respond to more emergency cases, such as this abandoned horse, authorities said.


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Photo: Riverside County Animal Services Officer Tiffany Fuller with malnourished mare. Credit: John Walsh / Riverside County Animal Services