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The fight to save hundreds of animals left behind when Border fire swept through region

The fight to save hundreds of animals left behind when Border fire swept through region

As the Border fire spread flames and smoke through the dry rocky hillsides that rise near the Mexican border, humans were quickly evacuated. But many animals were left behind: everything from horses and cows to goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, dogs, donkeys, llamas, emus and ostriches.

While hundreds of firefighters moved to control the blaze that by Saturday had swept over more than 7,600 acres of southeastern San Diego County, others focused on moving the animals to safer ground, or making sure those remaining had food and water.

The effort involved Humane Society specialists, officers with San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services, the U.S. Border Patrol,...

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