Two Horses Abandoned in the Tijuana River Valley Find Their Forever Home at Local Sanctuary

| February 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

On November 21, 2023 an eleven-year-old gelding was found abandoned in a staging area corral in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. On December 9, 2023 a second gelding, a twenty-five-year-old Appaloosa was found abandoned nearby. Neither horse had food or water. Fortunately, both horses were rescued by San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement. Both geldings received much-needed care and veterinary attention at San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus. This care allowed them both to recover.

During their recovery, it was determined that the eleven-year-old gelding had muscle atrophy in his left hip, possibly due to an injury. The Appaloosa was diagnosed with arthritis, making both horses candidates for sanctuary placement at Horses of Tir Na Nog.

“We are so grateful to San Diego Humane Society for rescuing both of these boys and providing them with the care they needed to recover,” Amy Pat Rigney, administrator, Horses of Tir Na Nog. “Both of these geldings are very sweet. We are honored to be able to provide them with a forever home.”

“These horses were in urgent distress when our humane officers discovered them, and we are very grateful to see them now safe and sound,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO, San Diego Humane Society. “We encourage anyone facing challenges with their animals to contact us. Abandoning animals is never the answer. We are here to help.”

Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating equine sanctuary in San Diego County and is currently caring for over one hundred equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an adoption partner with San Diego Humane Society and the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services and works in compliance with American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Rescue and Retirement Guidelines.

To learn more, volunteer and support this organization, visit

Horses of Tir Na Nog will provide the geldings with a forever home.


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