A Riverside County animal control officer responded to an early-morning call today (Thursday, May 26) in Riverside to retrieve an injured miniature horse. Officer Mary Salazar loaded the horse onto a trailer at about 1 a.m. from a location in the 10400 block of Arlington Avenue in the city of Riverside.
The horse had suffered an injury, possibly after being struck by a car or by hitting its head against something after getting loose from its owner’s property. The male horse had a laceration, approximately three inches in length, above his left eye. There was also some dried blood on his face, and he appeared to have smaller lacerations lower on his face.
Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys examined and treated the horse with members of his team. Dr. Drusys said the horse appears to be in otherwise great health and seems to have been well cared for by his owner.
The horse is currently recovering and relaxing at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
Riverside County Animal Services anticipates the owner will show up very soon to retrieve their pet. We will update the media if/when the owner arrives.
For media outlets seeking video content, here is a link to a VERY SHORT clip showing the horse eating some hay after he was treated for his injuries:
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