- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a therapy horse died after escaping from her gated enclosure and getting hit by a truck on Highway 22 in Polk County.

Sheriff Mark Garton tells the Statesman Journal (https://stjr.nl/2apNqoT) that an unidentified veterinarian stopped at the scene and euthanized the injured horse.

A second therapy horse also broke free. He suffered deep skin wounds, presumably from hitting the pavement on his knees. The animals were from the Horses Adaptive Riding & Therapy center in Independence.

The driver was not hurt in the Saturday night crash. The truck had to be towed because of damage.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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