Thoroughbreds, trying to flee wind-driven wildfires in San Diego County, California, were killed as the flames and smoke blanketed the area. According to multiple sources, elite racing horses at the San Luis Rey Downs facility were set free on Thursday – a desperate attempt to save them from the unthinkable.
Despite the effort to save the horses, an estimated two (plus) dozen perished in the fire, reported the Los Angeles Times.Some horses were so confused, frightened and disoriented by the smoke that they wouldn’t even come out of their stalls, reported ESPN. Cliff Sise, a horse trainer, told the news agency about one horse who refused to leave, “It was dark, everything was hot and she wouldn’t come out. I opened the pen and tried to get behind her and get her out, and she wouldn’t get out. She burned to death that quick.”
Though current estimates put the number of deaths at the facility at 25, there are concerns that the number could be much, much higher.
(Screenshot of fleeing horses via Facebook)
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