Fifteen horses rescued from a property in Jamul are available for adoption at the County’s animal care facility in Bonita. The horses began arriving there Sept. 5 after animal control officers received reports the horses were suffering from neglect. They rescued a mare and her colt when the baby was found in a life-threatening situation. The rest were relinquished by the owner. Nine more horses were picked up that same day and an additional four later that week. Animal Services is now determining whether to submit the case to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution.
Most of the adult horses are underweight and need veterinary care for their hooves and teeth, and treatment for worms.
“These horses will need regular feeding and veterinary care to be restored to health,” said Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa.
The rescued horses include four stallions, two geldings (neutered stallions) and nine mares. Potential adopters can visit the horses at the County’s animal care facility located at 5821 Sweetwater Rd. in Bonita.
Adoption fees will vary depending upon the age and condition of the animal. There are two mothers with young. Mothers and foals must be adopted together.
Horse adoption applications are available online at www.sandiegocounty.gov and can be filled out in advance. New owners must arrange their own transportation for the horses.