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Owner of abandoned horse comes forward

Posted at 6:32 PM, Oct 24, 2018

Santa Barbara County Animal Services says the owner of a horse that was abandoned near Santa Maria has been identified.

Animal Services posted on Facebook Wednesday, saying the horse’s previous owner and the person responsible for dumping her came forward Wednesday morning. The previous owner relinquished the horse to the shelter. Animal Services says no further information will be released because it is an active investigation.

The horse, who was named “Sky” by a veterinarian’s daughter, was found on Thursday, October 18 in the 6000 block of Dominion Road.

Sky the horse
Sky is said to be recovering well. (Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Animal Services)


The 12-year-old horse was found in poor shape, described as thin, with open abscesses on her neck, swelling on her abdomen and chest, and some abrasions on her back.

Community members had called Animal Services after reportedly seeing someone unload the horse from a trailer and quickly drive away.

Animal Services says she is healing well and expected to make a full recovery. She is also available for adoption.

If you’re interested in adopting Sky, email to receive an application.


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