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OCSD looking to identify owner of abandoned and abused horse

Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking for the owner of a 20-year-old white horse abandoned in unincorporated north Orange County.

At about 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, deputies along with OC Animal Care responded to a report of a neglected horse in the ravine near the 57 freeway and Tonner Canyon Road. When they arrived, they found the horse emaciated, abused and appearing to suffer from laminitis, an inflammation of the soft tissue of the foot that can cause lameness.

After several days of caring for the horse and assessing her condition, a veterinarian determined the horse needed to be euthanized because her injuries were too severe and she was suffering.

The horse was equipped with a red halter, indicating it belonged to someone. OCSD investigators are working the case and are asking anyone who can identify this horse to contact OCSD North Investigations at 714-647-7083.