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Horse On The Loose in Applegate


An early Wednesday morning sig-alert closed I-80 in both directions at Applegate Road on the eastbound lanes and at West Paoli on the westbound side, for a loose horse roaming the freeway.

California Highway Patrol and Placer County Animal Control responded to a call at 4:30am about the horse running down the #2 lane on the eastbound side of the freeway.

Officers were able to keep the gelding at Heather Glen Drive while Animal Control retrieved a horse trailer.  The horse was not wearing a halter and also it did not have any tattoo markings on it.  When crews corralled the horse into a trailer, the sig-alert was lifted at approximately 5:40am.

According to PC Animal Control manager Mike Williams, the bay quarter horse gelding had minimal scrapes to its body, most likely from escaping a fence.  He also said that the horse was in good condition and had been recently shod.

After the horse was corralled, he was taken to Placer County Animal Control in Auburn where a vet from Loomis Basin Equine Center was waiting.  The vet confirmed the horse is well taken care of but showed signs of stress and colic, most likely from the morning’s incident.

Williams said that this incident was the second call of livestock on the run.  Earlier a cow was reported roaming on Wise Road.  He said it’s not uncommon for livestock calls, but the horse on the freeway is a unique call.

So far, no one has claimed ownership of the animal.

The horse has been taken to Loomis Basin Equine Center until the owner comes forward. For information, call Placer County Animal Control at (530) 886-5500.

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