Animal Control Officers Assist Burro With Pipe on Hoof

RIVERSIDE COUNTY — A male burro with a piece of pipe wrapped around its front right hoof was captured Oct. 30 in a northern pocket of Riverside and transported to the SoCal Equine Hospital in Norco. Riverside County animal control officers rescued the critter.

Burro with Pipe on Hoof Rescued, Recovering

Injured leg

Once there, an equine veterinarian managed to remove the pipe and treated the burro for injuries. The pipe appeared to have cut the skin and caused minor bleeding.

Today the burro will be transported to a sanctuary operated by DonkeyLand, located in the Reche Canyon area between Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Residents began calling about the so-called pipe burro last week and, despite multiple patrols, the burro could not be located. That is, until Saturday. That morning, Animal Services officers Ramon Rodriguez, Sean Fazio, Max Morales and Adam Haisten were able to corral the burro on a cul-de-sac off Blaine Avenue.

Burro with Pipe on Hoof Rescued, Recovering

Living life with a pipe wrapped around its leg.

It’s not the first time Riverside County Animal Services responded to an activity involving a burro with piping – or something else attached to its hoof or body. In recent years, officers have removed a cone, a bucket and an arrow. Officers even responded to a burro in a hole. A nearby construction crew provided an excavator to create a makeshift, dirt ramp for the burro’s exit.

“We know these burros can be very curious and playful with random objects,” Field Services Commander Chris Mayer said. “Unfortunately, their curiosity can sometimes lead to these objects getting trapped on their hooves.”

Mayer said it is wonderful that DonkeyLand offers a sanctuary to allow injured burros a chance to heal. DonkeyLand is dedicated to saving wild burros and their habitats at its 1,500-plus acre Rescue, Sanctuary and Wildlife Preserve.

“It is our understanding DonkeyLand has expanded with more acres for these burros to rehabilitate and live a safer life,” Mayer said. “That’s great news for these burros.”

Image Sources

  • Injured leg: RivCo Dept. of Animal Services
  • Burro with pipe on its leg: RivCo Dept. of Animal Services