Pony on California freeway clipped by hit-and-run driver

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Photo: CHP Santa Fe Springs

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a pony that was loose on a Los Angeles-area freeway, leaving the small horse slightly injured.

The California Highway Patrol says a 10-year-old boy had been riding the pony Sunday at a home when he fell off and the animal ran away.

The CHP says the pony made its way onto westbound State Route 91 in Long Beach, where it was clipped by a black SUV. The driver sped away.

CHP Officer Marco Iniguez tells the Los Angeles Times that good Samaritans stopped to help the injured animal, which suffered abrasions to its forelegs.

The horse was evaluated by animal control officers and reunited with its owner.

The CHP shared a photo of the rescued pony online.

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