Horses, Alpaca Injured by California Wildfires Treated at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital

The first animal patients injured by the LNU Lightning Complex fires were brought to the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, August 19, the school said.

The LNU Lightning Complex includes a series of lightning-caused fires that have collectively burned at least 131,000 acres – more than 200 square miles – throughout Napa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Several animals were brought in for treatment at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, including an 11-year-old draft horse named Ava, a Welsh pony named Puzzler, and an alpaca that staff members named Canelo.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine said Ava was the only surviving horse of six owned by a woman who lost “everything” in the fires.

Canelo was brought in by “good Samaritans” who were flagged down by law enforcement and asked by the police to take the alpaca to the hospital in their truck, the veterinary school said. Credit: Don Preisler, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine via Storyful

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