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Orangetown Police Help Corral Horse on 303

A horse escaped from its stable in Orangeburg and briefly made its way on to Route 303

Motorists on Route 303 in Orangeburg found themselves facing a surprise early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 5:48, the Orangetown Police received a call that a horse had escaped from its stable off Route 303 in Orangeburg near the former location of Bell-Ans Park.

"It was running around the parking lots of businesses down there with people and trucks coming and going," Orangetown Police Sgt. Thomas Holihan said. "It was a hazard to the horse and to motorists."

According to police, they worked with people from the stable to corral the horse. It briefly made its way on to Route 303, where the pictures attached to this report were taken by resident John Dalto, before they were able to safely catch the horse and return him to his stable.

"It took a little doing," Holihan said. "I'm told the horse was not well. We were able, using police cars and officers on foot, to get it calmed down. They were able to get a bridle on him and lead him back to the stables."

According to police, a veterinarian was called to check on the horse after the incident. There were no accidents or injuries reported due to the horse’s escape.

Rob August 02, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Run Forest Run...
John Dalto August 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Amazing job Orangeburg Police ****
James L Dodge August 04, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Sadly the horse had to be put down by the vet.
Ryan Buncher August 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Very sad end to the story, James. My understanding was that the horse had been ill before the escape.
James L Dodge August 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Ryan, it seems the horse had some type of stroke or other event that caused it to panic and jump out of it's stall window.It then broke thru the paddock fence and ran. When it was brought back to the barn it had no eyesight in one eye and one side of its mouth was drooping.The animal was only 10 years old which is very young for a horse to pass.

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