‘Deranged’ Man Breaks into Fortuna Vet Hospital Barn, Sets Horses Loose Into Traffic
“[A]ccording to our cameras he was at our clinic at about midnight until about 6:30 in the morning,” explained said Amy Carrington, a veterinary assistant at the hospital. “[W]hen he finally left, he left the gate open and all the horses escaped except for one. It was horrifying to watch those horses running in and out of the street in front of cars and trucks!”
The horses were almost struck several times. “I am so glad they didn’t get hit by a car. They had a couple close calls with a semi truck!!!” she said. “Watching the videos they were running full blast down the pavement. I don’t know how all of the horses escaped any kind of injury. I’m just glad they did.”
Eventually, some Good Samaritans helped round up the animals.
The Fortuna Police contacted Carrington on Sunday morning telling her that the horses had escaped.
“I thought to myself there’s no way in hell three horses could escape from their pen so I headed down to check in on them,” she wrote. “When I got there I could see that someone had been in the back…[T]here was the remains of a bonfire and everything had been moved around…[W]ater buckets had been dumped and replaced…[T]he whole barn had been rearranged.”Carrington watched the security tape with an officer. “What I saw on the video tape was a deranged man doing strange dances and starting fires.”
Eventually, the man was located but he wasn’t arrested said Carrington. “He fully admitted to everything he had done that night but the police still said they couldn’t take him in…[U]nfortunately because it was a misdemeanor crime they were not able to arrest him,” she explained.
The vet’s office has now installed padlocks on all the doors and gates. “This was very frustrating for us,” said Carrington. “[B]ecause we felt so violated, we put locks on our gates and have done everything we can to secure our horses…but we are afraid he will come back.”UPDATE: Since the story was written, Carrington says, the man responsible has left the area.