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South Los Angeles woman rounds up loose pony

August 3, 2012 | 10:10 am

Squirrels, yes. Cat and dogs, sure. But a South Los Angeles resident found something a little more unusual outside her house Friday morning: a wandering brown and white pony.

That neighborhood is called Green Meadows but there’s nothing especially pastoral about the area where the pony was loose, an enclave of houses and apartments situated between Imperial Highway and the 105 Freeway. 

An intrepid woman who lives in the 900 block of East 116th Place not only alerted police, at about 5:45 a.m. Friday, but also collared the animal, securing it in her yard.

Officers quickly arrived, and soon afterward a man looking for the pony also showed up. Apparently it had been a special guest at a birthday party, said LAPD Sgt. Val Valenti.

The misplaced equine was no worse for the wander.

The pony was not local and "it's unusual to have a horse in that area," Valenti said. But there are stables to the southwest so police get occasional calls about loose horses.

“Those things will run and, if they’re spooked, they’ll keep running,” Valenti said.

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