Dozens of horses found torched to death in California wildfire
Nearly 30 horses burned to death in one of several fires that erupted in Southern California this week.
The horses were found dead at Rancho Padilla in Sylmar, which was scorched Tuesday when a fast-moving fire ripped through the area.
“All I could think about was the horses, the horses, the horses. And they were like, ‘Get out, get out, get out,’” Patricia Padilla, whose family owns the ranch, told the Los Angeles Times.
“The structures can get rebuilt, but the lives of the horses can’t. … That’s my biggest heartbreak.”
More than 60 horses were staying at the ranch when the brush fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon. The Padilla family was told to leave immediately, and when they returned Wednesday, they found that 29 horses had died.
“We’ve always had fires, and it’s always been one of those things like, ‘We’ll be OK,’” said Virginia Padilla, Patricia’s sister. “I guess it was just… we weren’t.”