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One horse rider may have gotten carried away celebrating the American Independence Day last week after Shawnigan Lake RCMP apprehended an intoxicated woman riding a horse down the street.

On July 4th, at approximately 12:45 p.m., police received a report of an intoxicated woman and a horse travelling down Shawnigan Lake Road near Owl Road.

The concerned caller told police that the horse appeared injured and that the woman seemed to be unable to control the animal.

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When officers arrived, they determined that the caller was correct and the rider was highly intoxicated. Police at the scene determined that she was unable to properly care for the horse, causing a dangerous situation and traffic hazard.

A local veterinarian was then called in to examine the horse and determined that the animal had suffered minor injuries and was able to properly walk.

The woman was then separated from the horse and an officer walked the animal back to a residence approximately 1 km from the scene where it could be housed until SPCA arrived.

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“This is just another example of the extra lengths that our members will go to in the course of their duties to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, including four legged ones,” said Shawnigan Lake RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. Tim Desaulniers in a statement.

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