9/08/2020 05:41 PM PDT

County Establishes Horse Evacuation Site in Lakeside

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services has opened a new location at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds for #ValleyFire evacuees to drop off their horses.

The rodeo grounds at 12584 Mapleview St. is now open for horses only. While County Animal Services is overseeing the facility, the San Diego Humane Society and other qualified volunteers will be caring for the horses on site.

Meanwhile, the Iron Oak Canyon Ranch at 12310 Campo Road in Spring Valley is still accepting large animals but is nearing capacity.

Small animals are also being accepted at the County Animal Services shelter in Bonita, 5821 Sweetwater Road.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, all animal shelters are drop-off only. Owners cannot participate in animal care.

Residents who live in the surrounding communities of the Valley Fire are asked to take household pets with them and if they have large animals or livestock, to have a plan to shelter and evacuate them early. For assistance regarding evacuating animals, call (619) 236-2341.

If you need additional information, visit sdcountyemergency.com Residents in the areas impacted by the Valley Fire can dial 2-1-1 for non-emergency fire information such as evacuation orders, shelters and road closures.