Runaway Horse Hit Head-On, Eventually Put Down

By John W. Davis

April 24, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A runaway horse was hit head-on by a vehicle Sunday morning, has been put down.

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control workers tried to save the horse but a veterinarian said the injuries were too severe.

"We have some base medical ability to make decisions, we don't handle horses everyday," said Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Director Belinda Lewis.

The accident took place sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Auburn Road, just south of Wallen Road, on Fort Wayne's north side.

The horse got up and ran away.

It was not spotted again until Sunday afternoon.

"I don't consider myself medically qualified to make that decision, it need to be a veterinarian who made that call. He said there was no question," explained Lewis.

A veterinarian said the horse was in advanced shock and extreme pain.

He said the horse had a wound to the chest, injured legs, and internal bleeding.

"We were driving to go to Easter lunch and my daughter said, Hey dad, there's a horse over in that yard, and I said what. We had heard about the horses that people abandoned in Johnny Appleseed Park," said Fort Wayne Resident Tom Didier.

At this time, Animal Care & Control workers do not know who the horse belonged to.

Workers scoured the neighborhood Sunday morning, to see if anyone was missing a horse from their stables.

Everyone workers spoke with said all of their horses were accounted for.

Lewis said the animal's owner may have been out of town.


Meanwhile, the owners of the two horses found Thursday morning in Johnny Appleseed Park have not come forward to claim their horses.

The deadline is Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Both horses are sick but expected to recover.

Indiana's NewsCenter will have an update on the Johnny Appleseed horses on Tuesday.

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