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Several Horses Poisoned at a California Ranch

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By VLADIMIR NEGRON

August 3, 2009

Several horses were sickened after eating oleander leaves between Wednesday night and Thursday morning at a San Diego ranch, the county sheriff's department said in a news release.

It is believed the oleander leaves, which contains numerous toxic compounds, were intentionally placed in the stalls at Racho Santa Fe. Fortunately, the employees found the leaves when they arrived for work Thursday morning.

The sick horses, which are thought to number in excess of 20, are currently under the care of a veterinarian at an undisclosed clinic, and the prognosis is unknown.

The sheriff's department is currently investigating the incident.