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Horses Gallop Through Chula Vista

Animal control officials are looking today for the owners of eight of about a dozen horses that stampeded through the streets of eastern Chula Vista earlier this week.

Several of the horses are being treated by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services at a shelter in Bonita for minor to moderate injuries, including lameness and one for leg lacerations.

According to the county, a mare and her foal have been reunited and are being kept together.


"These horses are not wild," said John Carlson, deputy director of the county's Animal Services. "All of them are easily handled now, after they were given some time to relax after their frightening experience, which indicates they are comfortable with human contact."

About 12 horses stampeded through the Eastlake community in Chula Vista for around an hour and a half on Wednesday. Television news helicopters broadcast live footage of the horses galloping over paved roadways and on the grounds of the U.S. Olympic Training Center before they could be rounded up and captured.

Anyone with information about who owns the horses was being asked to call county Animal Services at (619) 498-2305. If the owners cannot be located, the horses will eventually be put up for adoption.

From the Associated Press: It was a different kind of rush hour in San Diego County where a herd of horses galloped wildly through town for up to two hours before they were led back to the corral.

Ranch hand Abel Canales at the OK Corral in Otay Mesa says wild horses up from neighboring Mexico apparently coaxed about a dozen horses and colts out of their stalls on Wednesday afternoon. Police


and Border Patrol trucks and news helicopters followed as they loped down suburban streets in the Eastlake area of Chula Vista and through the local Olympic Training Center.

Two horses finally stopped and were roped and led back to the ranch. Canales says he eventually lassoed the lead horse and managed to guide the tired herd back.

The San Diego Humane Society says two animals had minor leg injuries.