“Like so many firemen we met, he exemplified all that is good in humans.”
That’s how Claudia Sonder, director of the Center for Equine Health at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis, described one event from the fires that have scorched tens of thousands of acres in the West.
Sonder is part of a team of a team of veterinarians from several entities of the School of Veterinary Medicine — the Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Center for Equine Health, the veterinary hospital’s Large Animal Clinic and the International Animal Welfare Training Institute — who performed search and rescue missions and cared for animals in the fire zones, while another team tirelessly treated animals back at the hospital, reports the Woodlands, Calif., Daily Democrat.
Going door to door and ranch to ranch, Sonder encountered a fireman who was had walked an entire large property looking for the owner’s horses, but to no avail on the first day. He came back the next day, repeating his search, and found the horses. He was able to round them up into a corral that survived the fire, and filled the water trough from his truck. He fed them with hay that hadn’t burned. Sonder examined the horses and told the fireman that he had saved their lives. He humbly stated to Sonder that his wife had horses and he knew how sad she would be to lose hers, so he felt he had to do everything he could to find this woman’s horses.
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