NR006649 - FOUND EQUINE Teddy Bear Highway,  - FL



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Newberry (Alachua County), FL, 32641, USA

This morning, deputies responded to reports of a horse on I-75 just north of #Micanopy...we got him safely corralled - but he either fell out of a trailer and/or was hit by a vehicle before we could get to him and get him on our Rural Services Deputies' trailer on over to Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic,

He's there now, getting treated for some road rash and hopefully no more than bumps and bruises - he clearly belongs to someone, and we'd love to get them reunited. He'll be cared for until then, and if you have information about him you can either contact our Combined Communications Center at 352-955-1818 or Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic directly. We look forward to sharing an update once he's home, safe and sound.

For our partners at and those that follow the Marion County Sheriff's Office as well, just in case he lives down there... Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Facebook link: 

Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic Facebook page:  22837 NW 22nd Ave Newberry, Florida Call (352) 472-1620

Photo credit: Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic

Teddy Bear Highway 
Teddy Bear
12 years 
0.0 hands 
0 lbs 

All Markings
Face: Star, Stripe
Leg Markings: Left Front Leg - None • Left Rear Leg - None • Right Front Leg - None • Right Rear Leg - None •

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12/2/2018 11:58:00 AM

12/2/2018 8:32:00 AM

IN THE NEWS: Florida deputies search for owners after horse found on highway -

MICANOPY, Fla. —Deputies in Alachua County are searching for a horse's home after it was found on the highway.

Authorities said the horse was found on I-75, just north of Micanopy. Deputies believe the horse was either hit by a vehicle or fell out of a trailer.

 Continue reading article by WESH 2 NEWS HERE:

12/2/2018 8:29:00 AM

12/1/18 - UPDATE by Alachua County Sheriff, Saturday Morning: According to his team of medical professionals, Highway is doing great this morning - walking really well, looking for treats from the staff at The Equine Medical Center of Ocala, and being a perfect patient. Healing will be the long, hard part: he is on antibiotics to help keep infection under control until his knee heals, plus receiving pain medication and ulcer prevention treatment. Highway isn't out of the woods yet, but he's a whole lot closer...

Our Rural Services team is still working to establish exactly what happened, how he got to where he was and injured, and especially who his family is. His story has been seen by almost half a million people so far, and that information is out there somewhere. We (and we’re pretty sure “he”) appreciate all the offers to take Highway in for recovery, and once the formal, legal, and investigative steps are complete and if he’s eligible for adoption, we’ll post that information here.

He’s a good horse.)

11/30/2018 5:52:00 PM

November 30, 2018 - (UPDATE, 230pm: He's been nicknamed "Teddy Bear Highway" by the medical team and deputies taking care of him, and has been scheduled for knee surgery by Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic and their friends at The Equine Medical Center of Ocala. He's been calm and patient through all of his treatment thus far and, to quote the Rural Services Deputy that's been with him through the ordeal, "he's a good horse."

Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic has established a GoFundMe account for his immediate-need expenses, since we're still looking for his family. That site is

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Date of Filing: 11/30/2018 5:29:00 PM