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Video: Clewiston Police round up fleeing pony

On Tuesday morning, the Clewiston Police Department received a call referencing a horse running down U.S.#27. With officers wondering if someone might have been “pranking,” a patrol unit was quickly dispatched. Sure enough – there she was, however it wasn’t really a horse, but more like an adorable pony who had been out for a morning jog – or more equine appropriate – a morning gallop.

After a short pursuit, officers were able to take the pony into custody with the help of “pony whisperer” Officer McLeod.

“Needless to say our cuffs didn’t work. Pony was processed for “Fleeing to Elude” an officer,” the department wrote on their Facebook page.

And so the pony was held for questioning. The officer posted the following:

“After interviewing the pony, he was released as he was just trying to train for a future marathon. After a few carrots, he was brought back to his pasture. We would like to thank the community who supplied the carrots and helped us contain the horse in an area where we could use rope to bring him back home.”

Watch the adorable video to the end, but pay special attention as the other ponies all galloped to the fence to greet their friend home – all safe and sound.

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Spring in Minnesota and horse fell through melting ice

In Maple Grove, Minnesota, first responders were able to rescue a very lucky horse after she accidentally ran onto thin ice near Elm Creek Park Reserve.

According to the Facebook page of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the horse named Lakira just wasn’t thinking where she went “ahoofing.” Moments after the sheriff’s office tweeted about the emergency, police officers, firefighters and deputies gathered to help pull the thousand pound animal out of waist deep freezing water.

Fortunately, rescuers were able to attach a harness to her and slowly lead her to the safety of the shore. The owner said Lakira didn’t seem to be injured, but was going to have her checked by a veterinarian.

“So a horse falls through the ice… It’s not a joke, a horse really did fall through the ice yesterday,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “But thanks to several police officers, firefighters and Sheriffs deputies the horse was rescued, uninjured!”

The sheriff’s department, happy for a positive ending with Lakira on Monday, did have a few words of warning to the residents of the “State of 10,000 Lakes.” As temperatures fluctuate so does the thickness of the ice; in some areas the ice can be a foot deep while just a few feet feet away can be only an inch or two. In addition, please keep your pets on leashes so they do not wander out into the ice – should that ever happen however – call the authorities and do not venture out on unsafe ice.

(Photos courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota)

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Owner of Mokai Lounge buys horse led into bar to give her loving home

An asinine stunt at the Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach on March 9, when a scantily clad dancer was led into the crowded and noisy lounge riding a frightened white mare led around by a rope, almost cost the owner the revocation of his club license.  City Manager Jimmy Morales had some stiff penalties for Roman Jones, who was charged with animal cruelty and a threat to public safety. A video of the horse panicking, slipping on the dance floor and bucking the woman off went viral.

Roman paid some heavy fines, but was allowed to reopen on Wednesday evening. According to the Statement from Miami Beach Manager Jimmy Morales the club paid $12,150 in code violations to the city and donated $10,000 to a horse rescue charity. Only service animals will be allowed in the club.

But now there’s more, and after numerous apologies and admitting full responsibility for the dangerous deed to both the horse and patrons, Jones stated he couldn’t forget about the little white mare and how this terrible experience would have affected her. And so on the club owner’s Instagram page, he told the world  on Wednesday he bought the white horse and renamed her Hope.

“…I bought Hope the horse. I’m very sorry for what happened at Mokai and I take full responsibility, regardless of whose idea it was. In order to make amends to the horse directly, I purchased her and am boarding her at a private barn with other horses where she could be loved, bathed, dewormed, well fed and looked over by a vet. She will live out her days happily, and hopefully helping children with therapeutic interaction as she loves children.

Roman Jones added:

“She has been renamed Hope for a new beginning and a happy life in a peaceful environment. Hope is a very special horse, she is a small Arab cross and has one blue eye. I will update my Instagram with more photos and videos in the weeks to come. I thank my friends for accepting my apologies and remorse, and I appreciate the special people that expressed care, compassion and support.”

(Photos via Roman Jones’ Instagram)

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South Beach nightclub’s license revoked after horse ridden into bar

What in the world was someone thinking when they brought a horse into a South Beach, Florida nightclub as the music blared and an exotic dancer tried to ride the scared equine through the crowd?

The disturbing scene occurred at the Mokai Lounge on Thursday evening, after a scantily clad dancer fell off the panicky horse being led around by a rope.  A man tried to calm the animal after the horse lost his footing and fell; a video of the debacle outraged animal advocates. Social media erupted in disgust, and for the last 24 hours, animal advocates have bombarded the phone lines and email addresses of Miami Beach City Hall and police demanding action on this despicable deed of animal cruelty.

According to the Miami Herald, City Manager Jimmy Morales revoked Mokai’s business license Friday afternoon, citing a threat to public safety and the city’s animal cruelty laws as sufficient evidence to shut down the club, located at 235 23rd Street.

“I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take,” Morales stated in a press release on Friday afternoon. “This activity was not permitted and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”

An investigation continues, led by the Miami Beach Police and the code enforcement department, but after reviewing “multiple videos/media clips” the frightened horse could be seen bucking the bikini clad rider off in the club. Eyewitnesses have also supplied authorities with statements.

The club is now closed, and according to city spokesperson Tonya Daniels, the license revocation is permanent, however the club can appeal the ruling. The owner of the club, Roman Jones, has denied any part in the stunt. The horse has been located and according to his handler was not injured. According to Jones, the marketing director, who arranged the horse and the dancer, has been suspended.

Social media participants have written numerous posts on Facebook claiming this was not the first time live animals have been used in the club; citing a camel circulating among customers and another white horse with the name Mokai painted on its side.

“Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act. I fully support the immediate actions taken by the City Manager and his staff to ensure that this is remedied quickly,” Mayor Dan Gelber of Miami Beach stated.

(Photos of South Beach club with horse inside via Facebook)

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Video: Sheriff’s deputy asks runaway horse ‘will you stop please’

A Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputy gave us all a big smile while rounding up a runaway horse on Wednesday morning. Who would expect to see a gorgeous paint running north on US 19 in the Hudson area at 8:00 a.m.?

When the deputy spotted the horse, he carefully pulled up alongside of him while calling the Agricultural Unit for assistance.

“We’re traveling at one horse power,” the deputy could be heard saying.

But that wasn’t all the deputy said. On the organization’s Facebook page,  the polite and exemplary officer of the law is heard asking  the horse to “please stop” and repeated the request twice, however the horse just wasn’t in the mindset to heed the man in uniform. Instead it has been told he had been “just horsin’ around.”

Fortunately, the horse was successfully corralled as officers directed him to take a left on Rainbow Oaks Drive and into a subdivision along Emerald Ridge Drive where he was out of danger of oncoming traffic. Deputies were then able to stop him and locate his owners. All’s well that ends well; the horse is fine and has been reunited with his family.

(Photo and video of runaway horse courtesy of Pasco Sheriff’s Office Facebook.)

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Runaway horse drawn carriage collides with cars in Wisconsin

It was a terrible day for horses, drivers and carriage riders on Saturday afternoon in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin when a horse drawn carriage collided with two vehicles on one of the main streets in mid-morning.

According to Fox News, eight people had been in the carriage at the time of impact; several people had been in the vehicles involved. Fortunately none of the 15 people were seriously injured, and the horses only suffered minor cuts and bruises and are expected to make a full recovery.

Two families with young children had been on the carriage ride when something went wrong. According to one witness, as the driver was about to get onto the carriage, the two Percherons spooked and launched into a full sprint. And … boom the panicky horses hit the cars. Onlookers quickly came to the aid of the victims and patiently helped the horses. One of the horses practically ran on top of the hood of a car; its reins became entangled on the auto’s wheel.

Perhaps this is just another example of how automobiles and horse drawn carriages aren’t made to share the road. Surely we can do better.

(Photos of horse drawn carriage accident  via screenshots Fox News)

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Horse submerged in oil vat hangs on to ledge with his two front hooves

A horse discovered submerged in a partially buried oil vat storage tank on Friday used his two front hooves to hang over the ledge to keep him from drowning in the oil. The Atascosa County Animal Control and Atascosa County deputies rescued him on Friday night.

According to the Atascosa County Animal Control Facebook, Lt. Henry Doninguez was called in to help with the rescue. First the men put a halter on the horse to prevent him from going under and used a wooden plank to help as the horse’s legs became stuck on the ledge.

“We planned on calling in some heavy equipment to help lift the horse out but felt that there was no time. The horse’s breathing was labored from exhaustion and we feared that he was going into shock. We placed a rope onto the halter and began to pull. After what seemed like forever we were finally able to pull the horse partially out of the vat. His rear legs became wedged on the ledge which complicated matters worse. We used a long wood plank to lift his rear legs out of the oil and placed a rope around his rear legs.”

Rescuers stated the oil overfill was a partially buried oil storage tank and was at least six-feet deep. This was undoubtedly one very lucky horse. The oil company has been contacted to make sure they cover the hole and address the danger. One can only imagine if a child had been in the area. At last check, the horse was said to be doing fine; it didn’t appear he had ingested any oil, but he was one slippery and oily mess after his miraculous rescue.

Many thanks for all the brave and compassionate men who came out to help this horse. Rescuers do rock! Why not stop by the Atacosa County Animal Control  Facebook page and thank them – please tell them the Pet Rescue Report sent you.

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(Photos of horse submerged in oil vat via Atascosa County Animal Control)


 

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Pony evacuated from Santa Rosa fire in backseat of owner’s Honda Accord

On Monday, Lauren Mesaros had been faced with a life or death situation as the fires of Santa Rosa steadily crept towards her property. Knowing she had to evacuate her three horses and only having a trailer that would accommodate two, she knew she had to think fast. She couldn’t leave her pony behind.

With the fire less than a mile away and neighborhoods across the railroad tracks already completely destroyed by the fire, Mesaros, a registered nurse, loaded her two horses into a trailer borrowed from one of her friends. Unfortunately, her pony Stardust couldn’t fit. What was Lauren to do? Well, Stardust would have to come along in her car – a Honda Accord. And with the help of a carrot and a friend, who Lauren refers to as a “horse whisperer,” Stardust climbed into the back seat and they were off.

Lisette Hall Frye, a neighbor snapped the over the top adorable photo and sister-in-law Cindy Lundin Mesaros posted it to her Facebook page. Fortunately the winds shifted and thus far, Lauren’s property has been saved from significant damage. The three horses were transferred to Wind Horse Ranch in Sebastopol until the fire is over.

And as for Lauren’s car – Stardust may have left his mark, and the car may never smell the same again, admitted Lauren. But the good news – all four of them are safe.

(Photo of pony evacuated from Santa Rosa fire in owner’s Honda Accord Facebook via Lisette Hall Frye.)

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Veterinarian frees chained horse and gets the best ‘thank you’ ever

In Romania, it is a common practice to chain the front legs of horses to keep them from roaming and running away. On this particular day however, veterinarian Ovidiu Rosu intervened when he found the wild horse in desperate need of some help. Just the thought of the young mare suffering as the chains dug deeper into her tender flesh was unbearable to the Four Paws Romania animal welfare charity volunteer.

Rosu sedated the horse and then began his work cutting through the chains. When finally he was able to free her and help her recover from the sedation, the horse showed her gratitude in a way no one would ever have suspected – she gingerly approached her rescuer and gave him a delicate kiss.

According to Four Paws International, the mare has been clipped and marked so she can be identified in the future should she ever become chained again.

“Should we find her in chains again we will take steps to find and report the owner to the authorities,” state the spokesperson from the organization. “We may also take steps to train the owner about the proper way to treat and look after horses, depending on their willingness to cooperate. Unfortunately practices like this have been in place for many years across many countries, not just Romania.”

(Photos and video of wild horse saved and saying “thank you” via screenshots of YouTube video Four Paws International)

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Panic rescue of horse that fell six feet into underground vault

The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to a report of a rider fallen from a horse on Sunday at the 5600 block of Arlington Avenue. The saddled horse fell about six feet into an underground vault. According to the organization’s Facebook page, when the first fire unit arrived on scene, they requested further assistance from the City of Riverside’s Heavy Animal Rescue Team (HART), which includes experienced personnel from the Riverside Police Department’s mounted unit.

Rescuers placed thick straps around the horse, and and as they waited for a crane to lift him out, the horse panicked and tried kicking his way out of the vault. Once sedated by a veterinarian, rescuers were carefully able to help him up to safety as firefighters and the horse’s owner encouraged him to climb out of the hole. The horse’s successful rescue efforts were described:

“A crane was requested to assist rescue personnel with extricating the horse once it was sedated by the Veterinarian. While firefighters were preparing the horse for extrication from the vault, the animal made several unsuccessful attempts to get out of the hole. Finally, the horse was able to climb out of the hole with assistance from firefighters and the animals owner.”

The horse’s injuries were assessed by the vet before it was released to its owner. The owner brought in a horse trailer to transport the animal to a personal veterinarian for further evaluation. This was one lucky horse – he only suffered lacerations on his legs that are expected to heal. The vault where he fell in had been covered by a metal grate and it appears it collapsed under the weight of the horse that was being walked on the sidewalk with another horse.

A temporary cover has since been placed over the open vault.

Pictures courtesy of City of Riverside Fire Department retired Captain Bob Markin. Video courtesy of Brandy Carlos

 

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