Virginia Horse Center ready to take in horses evacuated from hurricane's path

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ) It’s not just people that have to evacuate from a hurricane like Matthew. Animals in the way are in danger too.

The Virginia Horse Center outside Lexington is preparing in case horse owners and their animals have to flee from Virginia’s coastal areas.

They’re making stalls available in the center’s barns at no cost to people who need to move from harm’s way.

“This week is actually a really good week. We have just a couple of events, a smaller horse show that won’t take up a great number of stalls. So we have room," according to Leigh Anne Claywell, Chief Operating Officer of the Horse Center. "If it were other weeks, we could potentially be full and not have a whole lot of room to be able to accommodate other horses.”

They’ve had a few inquiries already, but if the storm turns out to sea as expected, they don’t expect anyone to take them up on the offer.