Makeshift lassos help in Glenn Highway horse rescue

Benjamin S. Brasch,Tegan Hanlon

When two escaped horses wound up on the Glenn Highway near Peters Creek on Thursday afternoon, it didn't take long for the community to respond, according to police.

The horses, Cisco and Brooke, moseyed away from a property near Ski Road and Hilltop Drive where a gate was opened, police said. They hit the open road. Showing blatant disregard for traffic laws, the animals ran less than a mile south in the northbound lanes before police cars surrounded them, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

"They didn't follow road signs and directions," she said.

Police received a call about horses on the loose at 1:36 p.m., Shell said. Within eight minutes, three police cars corralled Cisco and Brooke near the North Peters Creek exit, she said.

Then, the public stepped in.

Shell said several people pulled over their vehicles and fashioned makeshift lassos out of tow straps and tie-downs. Meanwhile, at least two big-rig trucks worked on blocking traffic until the situation settled.

"It was a total, complete effort on behalf of the citizens and police," Shell said.

The lassos were initially used to capture the duo before Anchorage Animal Care and Control arrived with harnesses, Shell said.

Cisco and Brooke's owners showed up and walked the horses home, said Brooke Taylor of Anchorage Animal Care and Control.

The incident stopped traffic for about 10 minutes, Shell said.

The horses were not injured, Taylor said.

She said this isn't the first time animal control has dealt with Cisco and Brooke. In the past year and a half, it has received four calls to the Ski Road address to conduct "welfare checks," but she said that "all cases were resolved."

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