Horse left at Ohio Amish-area Walmart needs home

Christian Courtwright, the Humane Officer of the Geauga County Humane Society's Rescue Village, stands with Wally, a 9-year-old standard bred horse, at the animal shelter in South Russell, Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. After being tied to a buggy rail overnight outside the Walmart store in Middlefield, Ohio in November when his Amish owner decided to go out on the town, Walmart employees called local police and tended to the horse for the weekend until Rescue Village was called in to shelter the horse. Court action this week put Wally in the permanent custody of the animal shelter, and he will soon be up for adoption to a new home. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

January 7, 2012 1:16:26 PM PST
Wally the Walmart horse is looking for a new home.

That's the nickname given to a 9-year-old standardbred horse that a humane society says was left at a northeast Ohio store by an Amish teenager more than two months ago. Humane Officer Christian Courtwright in Geauga County says the teen apparently unhooked the horse from a buggy, tied it to a rail at the Walmart in Middlefield and never came back for it.

He says store employees noticed the horse the next day and tended to it until police took it to a caregiver.

He says the humane society now has control of the horse and expects it to be available for adoption soon.