A skittish pony on the loose jumped into an irrigation canal Friday morning to elude capture by Modesto police and Stanislaus County animal control officers and sheriff’s deputies.
It didn’t work. The pony, sopping wet but uninjured, was rescued from the canal off West Whitmore Avenue near Fairview Elementary School.
At 7:43 a.m., dispatch got the report of a horse or pony running loose on West Whitmore, said Modesto Police Department Lt. Tom Ciccarelli. It’s a county area, but MPD assisted and posted an incident summary on its Facebook page.
No one had to get into the water to pull out the pony, but at least one officer ended up covered head to toe in dirt or mud, the lieutenant said. The responders got the pony into a trailer and took it to the animal shelter.
“It’s unknown where the pony is from,” Ciccarelli said, “so if anyone is missing a pony, they should contact the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency.
The MPD had some fun on Facebook with the incident, saying, “Our guys weren’t horsing around this morning,” and closing with, “Great job ya’ll! Now it’s time to giddy-up to the next call.”
As of about 11 a.m. Friday, Animal Services Executive Director Annette Patton said there had been no inquiries about the pony.
Deke Farrow: 209-578-2327