Most neighborhoods in Oklahoma City have a stray cat, or a dozen of them. But a stray horse?
“It happens,” said Jon Gary, Oklahoma City Animal Shelter’s unit operations supervisor. “There are a lot of big, open areas in Oklahoma City. Every now and then, we’ll get a stray horse.”
Most of the horses that find their way to the shelter are seized as part of abuse cases. Only one of the half-dozen horses at the shelter during a recent week was a stray.
But the equine portion of the shelter’s population is illustrative of the wide variety of animal care the city provides to its surplus animals. The overwhelming majority of pets at the shelter are cats and dogs, but other species can often be found as well.