FREMONT (KRON) — A colt is recovering Thursday night after being rescued from a Fremont canyon.
A newborn baby horse found in Fremont on Sunday with a broken pelvis is on a path to recovery and the horse’s owner has surrendered him to the city after stepping forward this week, police said.
Valentine, a 9-day-old colt, was rescued Sunday from Morrison Canyon by firefighters and animal service personnel.
He was suffering from a broken pelvis that was expected to require an expensive surgery. Fremont police said in a Facebook update that the horse is recovering at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
It’s believed the horse may have been scared or chased by a wild animal, police said. Police are not investigating this as an intentional act.
Valentine’s owner came forward on Wednesday and, after a discussion regarding the horse’s medical situation and future needs, agreed to surrender him to the city of Fremont, police said.
“The owner was very saddened by the circumstances of what happened and also very concerned for Valentine’s future,” police said. But a community fundraising effort “made this decision possible.”
Lisa Dellapietra, of Burlingame, launched a fundraising effort earlier this week at https://www.gofundme.com/qtxyxgja to cover the cost of Valentine’s care.
As of 4:15 p.m., the fundraiser had raised more than $15,000 of the stated $10,000 goal.
Valentine will continue his stay at University of California at Davis until veterinary staff feels he is ready to leave, police said. The city will then look for a permanent owner.
The Fremont Police Department has released photos of Valentine:
Fremont is interviewing people who have already expressed interest in adopting Valentine.
Bay City News contributed to this report