UPDATE: No charges in found horses near Bentley

Responding Ponoka veterinarian says horses were in healthy condition.

Some details surrounding an incident involving two horses found inside an overturned stock trailer northwest of Bentley have come to light.

Kathi Issler from the Bentley Fire Department reported that at 5:23 a.m. on Sunday morning, April 15, Bentley District Fire Department was called to the scene on Highway #771, near the intersection of Highway #20 just northwest of Bentley.

A concerned resident nearby called 911 and investigated the scene to discover a stock trailer on its roof with two horses still inside. Upon fire crews’ arrival it was noted that no tow vehicle was present so Sylvan Lake RCMP and Ponoka veterinarian Trevor Hook, of Central Veterinary Clinic, were called to assist.

In an interview on Thursday, Hook said he brought his horse trailer after crews said there was a need for one. When he arrived at the scene he was relieved to see the horses appeared to be calm and in good health considering the potential severity.

“They were both stable and bright and alert,” said Hook.

The horses, which remained remarkably calm, were carefully extricated, examined and moved to the clinic for evaluation.

The biggest thing Hook was looking for was any major injuries to the animals. He says it takes 12 to 24 hours before the adrenaline wears off and other injuries may surface.

However, besides being thirsty and hungry initially, the animals were okay. “They were quite fortunate. The trailer was upside down so it could have been worse.”

The horses have been returned to their new owner.

As for the horses it’s believed they were bought through the Top Gun Horse Sales and it appears Sylvan Lake RCMP were able to reach out to the new owner.

In speaking with K-Division about the incident, investigators say no charges are being laid. RCMP declined to comment further about the incident.

 

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