Four Horses and One Adorable Donkey Owned by Actress Wendie Malick Rescued from Fires by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Unit Deputy in Malibu
When a large fire incident occurs, the LASD responds with numerous resources to keep the community safe. These Deputies assist in the evacuation of our residents and the protection of their property. Among the hundreds of Deputies that responded to the #WoolseyFire, we had dozens of Motor Deputies, Search & Rescue, Communications, Logistics, Emergency Operations teams, and even our Mounted Enforcement Team – just to name a few.
While Deputy Federico Gonzalez of our Mounted Enforcement Unit was driving down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu today, he was flagged down by an area resident, Actor Ricky Schroder. Mr. Schroder saw that the Deputy had a large truck and horse trailer and explained that his neighbor had four horses and a donkey on their property and no means of removing them from the area. At the time, the fire was one ridge away from coming into this neighborhood and the smoke was thick and made it difficult for the residents and their animals to breath.
Having the resources at hand, Deputy Gonzalez navigated his large LASD truck and trailer up the canyon road and on to the property where he was able to safely rescue the five beautiful animals. All were safely transported to the Los Angeles Pierce College campus, where an animal shelter was set up for the fire evacuations. Here, you can see the amazing animals (which includes the cute little donkey) leaving the trailer at the shelter, where they will be safely cared for until the fire danger subsides.
The owners, Ms. Wendie Malick – an actress known for many roles, including the TV series Just Shoot Me! and her husband Richard Erickson were so grateful to get the assistance of Deputy Gonzalez and the LASD.
When we spoke to Ms. Malick by phone to update her on the condition and location of her animals, she was so happy saying that the Deputy “was my knight in shining armor.” She went on to say that she had been trying to get transportation for more than a day for the horses and donkey, and due to the fires found that difficult. “He came along at the perfect time. I just couldn’t leave until I knew they were safe.”
After the animals were safely out of the area, Ms. Malick and Mr. Erickson were able to take her dogs and her personal items and is now safely staying with friends away from the fire danger.
This is only small example of the many great acts done daily by Deputies by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and how we truly believe in our motto of providing “A Tradition of Service – Since 1850.”
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