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April 8, 2010 (San Diego)--Horses that ran rampant through the streets of Chula Vista are ready to be placed into new homes. No owner has come forward to claim the animals, which are being held at the County shelter in Bonita. Since no one has claimed the horses, County Animal Services will begin accepting applications for adoption today through April 17.

Contrary to early reports, these are not “wild” horses and all of them are easy to handle, Animal Services has concluded. The Department does not know if the horses have ever been ridden, but they certainly are comfortable around people.


These horses have been through a traumatic event,” said John Carlson, Deputy Director of the County Department of Animal Services. “They were chased on very hard surfaces and sustained some injuries related to that. They have all been examined and treated by our veterinary staff but still need a little more time to recuperate.”



People interested in adopting a horse or horses can pick up applications at any of the three County animal shelters or download an application. The application should be accompanied by a completed “sealed bid” form. After screening applicants, staff will review the bids. A copy of the horse’s medical treatments will be provided to the adopter.


The horses may be viewed at the County Shelter at 5821 Sweetwater Road in Bonita. For more information, contact the Department of Animal Services at (619) 767-2625 or visit

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