Wine country fire: Owner of horse rescue center refuses to leave horses behind

The owner of a horse rescue center in Bangor, Calif., said her property is essentially surrounded by flames but unless “somebody puts a gun” to her, she is not going to leave her 72 horses behind.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that Monica Hardeman, the owner of Equine Rescue Center, and her ranch director were committed to staying with the horses, and are trying to make sure the animal are in  safe space.

She told the paper that they had to put sick horses in the same area as healthy ones to assure their safety. But the fire is raging and it is unclear how long they will be able to stay put. The report said they have a truck packed in case the situation gets even worse.

“I don’t want to leave because I know [officers] won’t let me back, so I’m not leaving,” Hardeman said. “Unless somebody puts a gun to me or something I might leave, but … right now, I go where they go and nobody could get up here yesterday [to move the horses],…

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