Stray horses found outside Charlotte retirement community

Three horses were found loose at a retirement community on Providence Road in south Charlotte Wednesday night.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., animal control officers were called to Waltonwood Providence, in the 11900 block of Providence Road near Union County. The horses were eventually loaded onto a horse trailer and taken to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control facility.

Initial attempts to find the owner were unsuccessful, even after Union County sheriff’s officers helped knock on doors and talk with residents on nearby Hemby Road.

A tip from someone at Time Warner Cable News finally led officials to the owner on Thursday afternoon.

Animal Care & Control purposely did not distribute photos and descriptions of the horses during the search, to ensure that no one came forward to reclaim the horses who did not own them.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak