Walking down the aisles of an Antelope Valley Fairgrounds barn there are rows and rows of horses, goats, pigs, an alpaca... even a llama. They are evacuees.
North LA County is dotted with ranches and rescues. On Sunday, when the Sand Fire moved toward Acton there were massive evacuations. Humans and animals were told to leave and get out of harms way.
For animals it can be challenging.
Take, for instance, the 900 pound pig known as "Dopey" who has arthritis issues. No easy chore. But, then, moving scared animals out of harms way can't be easy. They get scared and don't understand what's going on.
What's interesting is that when you spend some time with the animal-evacuees you find each one as a story.
There's Dopey a 9-year-old 900-pounds hampshire pig. Suzie Coston with Farm Sanctuary in Acton says, “Dopey has problems with his legs. So, Dopey was very difficult.”
The bottom line is that, for owners, trainers and volunteers, the animal-evacuees are safe!