County rescues 31 emaciated horses, other animals

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SAN DIEGO — Animal-control officers impounded more than 40 allegedly neglected animals, including llamas, geese, miniature cattle, a dog and 31 horses, at a Valley Center property over the weekend, authorities reported Monday.

The animals were seized at a property in the 28300 block of Hell Creek Road on Saturday, according to the county Department of Animal Services.

“The primary issue with the majority of the livestock was a lack of hoof care,” said Dan DeSousa, deputy director of Animal Services. “Although easy to remedy, prolonged lack of hoof care in livestock is a painful condition that can lead to permanent and severe damage.”

On Aug. 16, county officials notified the property owner that he or she had chance to ask for hearing to dispute pending animal seizures. When the owner failed to do so, animal-control personnel got a warrant and took the animals.

The horses were taken to a county animal-care center in Bonita. The rest were taken to a ranch or a county facility in Carlsbad.