Starving horse found and owner sought in California

Starving horse found and owner sought in California

16 August 2021


UPDATE: We have been updated by people on this post on Stolen Horse International-NetPosse Missing and Stolen Equine on Facebook, that this horse was euthanized. We would still like to see if we can find any clues on how he ended up all by himself like this. Perhaps someone who had him once can tell us more if they see this post. Read more at the bottom of the article.

Riverside County, CA – A good Samaritan discovered a 5- to 7-year-old starving male white and sorrel pinto or Paint horse off the Ortega Highway, west of Lake Elsinore on Monday, August 9. Sadly, because the horse was in such poor health/condition, he had to be euthanized.

An animal/cruelty investigation is underway.  Riverside County Department of Animal Services is working with officials at Animal Friends of the Valleys in checking to see if there have been any open neglect cases.  Investigators are asking for help from anyone who might have a dashcam video of a horse trailer/license plate being hauled in that area or from anyone who might know who owned the horse.

"Cruelty/abandonment investigation: Friends, we're seeking any information anyone might have regarding an abandoned horse near the Ortega Highway. The horse was discovered along North Main Divide Road, less than a mile from the Ortega Highway. The abandonment likely occurred Monday (Aug. 9), possibly during the afternoon. We were alerted later Monday night by a Good Samaritan. We're hoping someone might have dashcam video of a horse trailer/license plate being hauled in that area -- or might know who owned this unique equine, a sorrel and white paint horse. The horse, a male, possibly between 5- to 7-years-old, was in horrible condition. His body score was a 1 or, simply put, severely neglected. We were forced to euthanize the animal due to its poor condition. We will be working with our counterparts at Animal Friends of the Valleys to check if its officers had any open neglect cases. Please email us at if you might have information that could help us in this case," says the Riverside County Animal Services on their Facebook page post.

Anyone with information that might help investigators is asked to email the Riverside County Department of Animal Services at

 Facebook post: Click here.


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