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Owner of injured horse dumped in Santa Maria comes forward


The Santa Barbara County Animal Services says the owner of the sick horse that was abandoned off Dominion Road in Santa Maria on October 18 has come forward.

The shelter says the owner relinquished the horse, Sky, to the shelter Wednesday morning after numerous news articles were published the night before.

Sky is now up for adoption and needs someone to step up and provide for her ongoing medical care.

The shelter says Sky is continuing to heal well and is expected to make a full recovery.

No further information was released due to a pending investigation.

If you are interested in taking Sky home, please email

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Authorities are asking the community for help locating and identifying the person responsible for abandoning a Bay Thoroughbred mare off Dominion Road in Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services received a call of a sick horse dumped in the 6000 block of Dominion Road on Oct. 18, 2018. Animal Control officers quickly located the very thin horse that was suffering from open abscesses on its neck, swelling on the abdomen and chest, and a few abrasions on its back, authorities say.

The horse was taken to an equine veterinary hospital for medical care. The mare’s condition has not been disclosed by officials at this time.

Authorities say area residents watched the horse being unloaded from the trailer and the driver quickly speed away, and although Animal Services received photos of the vehicle and trailer used when the horse was dumped, the vehicle’s license plate was not legible.

Officials describe the vehicle as a tan-colored Suburban and the trailer appears to be a brown and white, two-horse, bumper pull, trailer.

If anyone recognizes the vehicle or has information that may help authorities with this investigation, they are urged to contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services at 805-934-6119 ext. 6.

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