Demolition day for urban stables

September 19, 2012 12:32:01 PM PDT
L&I demolition crews arrived bright and early this morning in Strawberry Mansion to tear down some old horse stables. The SPCA says dozens of horses have been living in squalor at the site along the 2600 block of Fletcher Street.

As we first reported Wednesday, the city condemned the stables this week and ordered them torn down immediately. A horse and a pony were removed under suspicions of neglect. The other horses are being relocated by their owners. They appear to be in relatively good health.

The horse owners say the animals are well-cared-for, and that the stables help children in the community.

They say the city is acting now because the area is slated for a redevelopment project. The SPCA says the agency is cracking down on animal abuse and neglect cases.