Ten horses escaped from a property in Ramona, CA, in San Diego County, on Monday and ran onto Highway 78, according to a report by KUSI-TV News.
Fire Chief Jeremy Christofferson with Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department told the Ramona Sentinel on Monday that California Highway Patrol officers and a member of San Diego Department of Animal Services corraled the loose horses. “They were completely bone-dry, no water,” he said.
Although there were corrals, Christofferson said, it looked like the horses knocked the sides down. The fire department also delivered water for the horses. A CHP officer checked the house on the property and said it was cleared out, the Sentinel reported.
KUSI News Reporter Bridget Nosa went to the property to investigate and was physically pushed by the angry, screaming owner, who returned while the reporter and a neighbor were on the property and screamed that she is moving the horses. However, neighbors say they have been reporting the neglect of up to 30 horses on the property to San Diego Animal Control for more than a year. Neighbors say that Lori Patton, the renter of the property, is believed to be breeding the animals.
“She’s not feeding them. They have no care—no veterinary care…She’s starving them,” a neighbor, identified only as “Kathy,” tells the KUSI reporter. She also said the food on the property was brought over by local residents and one bucket of water was provided. “They are all drinking from that one bucket,” said Kathy. The camera showed dry containers on the property.
While the camera is rolling, the angry woman identified as Lori Patton returns and screams at KUSI reporter to “Get the f… off of the property! Get out, get out, I'm moving!” she screamed, as she physically pushed the reporter. Bridget Nosa reported that he neighbor was shoved and punched in the back by Patton and is filing assault charges.
San Diego Deputy Director Dan DeSousa says that they have been investigating reports about neglect of horses on this property since 2007 and all have been resolved. In a quote on this particular report, he said that the horses are OK, “not in immediate danger… and cannot be seized.” He stated to KUSI that two of the horses are “slightly ribby.”
What do you think? Should these horses be removed by animal control?