Ventura Fairgrounds animal shelter at full capacity following Thomas Fire

Horses and other animals evacuate to...

VENTURA, Calif. - Many horse owners said they evacuated in the nick of time after the Thomas Fire broke out.

The Ventura County Fairgrounds opened its stables and animal shelter for evacuated horses and pets, but the fairgrounds is now full.

Dogs, cats, birds and a rabbit are being cared for at a barn near the stables.

Ventura County Animal Control Officer David Diaz said people have been donated food and supplies for the animals.

Diaz recommends sending future donations to the shelter in Camarillo.

The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is also offering its stables to horses in need of shelter from the Thomas Fire. Contact Polo Academy Instructor Jeff Scheraga at 315-256-5797 or to make arrangements.

The Polo Club is able to shelter evacuated horses free of charge for up to one week. Evacuees are responsible for bringing or ordering their feed.

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