Mar Fairgrounds hosting 300 horses, more than 50 are unclaimed
DEL MAR, CA - As of 5:00 p.m. on Halloween, the Del Mar Fairgrounds
was still housing 310 horses and other assorted livestock while the
Del Mar Horsepark is hosting 70 horses that had been relocated as
a result of the Firestorm that recently swept through San Diego County.
The Fairgrounds continues to operate as an evacuation site for animals
displaced by the recent fires that have burned a large area of San
More than 50 horses at the Fairgrounds have gone unclaimed by their
owners. Images of 34 of the stray horses are now posted on the Del
Mar Fairgrounds website at: www.sdfair.com/lost_horse_photos.php.
People looking for their missing horses are encouraged to view the
website before going to the Fairgrounds to look for their horses.
In addition to horses of all shapes and types, the Fairgrounds is
also housing several sheep, ducks, and an emu, but all of those animals
have identified owners.
Today, more than 100 horses were taken home.
The Fairgrounds was also notified today, that all horses under the
jurisdiction of the San Diego Department of Animal Control (SDDAC)
that were still being held at the Poway and Lakeside facilities would
be relocated to the Del Mar Horsepark, on Monday, Nov. 3. The SDDAC
will be closing those sites. All of the horses at those locations
have identified owners.
Any horses remaining at the Fairgrounds will also be moved to Horsepark
after Nov. 3. Horsepark is located east of the Fairgrounds and is
a year-round equestrian center that can stable as many as 400 horses.
For information on the upcoming relocation effort, please contact
the SDDAC at 619-236-2341.
Additionally, any private citizens who may be holding stray livestock
are encourage to contact the SDDAC, so that those animals can be repatriated
with their owners. Stray horses should be taken to the Del Mar Fairgrounds
before Sunday evening.
For information on stray horses at the Fairgrounds, please call 858-509-5245.
When claiming their animals, owners should bring with them, any proof
of ownership relating to the animal(s) including photos of them with
the animals. SDDAC officials are only on site at the Fairgrounds between
9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and NO animals will be released from the Fairgrounds
without the approval of a SDDAC official.
Horse/livestock owners should enter the Fairgrounds through the Stable
Gate located on Jimmy Durante Blvd., west of Interstate 5.