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10 malnourished horses seized from Estacada residence

By Rick Bella, OregonLive.com

1003 days ago   Article ID# 1508959
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PORTLAND, OREGON (OregonLive.com) - Authorities seized 10 severely underweight, neglected horses today from a rural residence southeast of Estacada.

Oregon Humane Society officers and Clackamas County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant shortly before 1 p.m. in the 34000 block of Southeast Randall Road and removed the emaciated horses from their owner, who was not identified. The seizure followed a visit earlier this month when Humane Society representatives cautioned that the horses were being neglected.

One horse was in such bad shape that a halter had become embedded in its skin.

"We are very concerned for the health of these animals," said Sharon Harmon, Humane Society executive director. "Our officers determined that some of the horses were terribly underweight and that we needed to act quickly to protect their health."

Barbara Baugnon, Humane Society spokeswoman, said the horses were so undernourished that their lives were at risk. Baugnon said the horses were taken to foster home in Oregon City, where they will receive food and medical attention from volunteers for Sound Equine Options, a Gresham-based nonprofit organization.

Meanwhile, OHS veterinarians examine the horses to determine a course of medical care and to document animal neglect for possible citations.

Humane Society officers were alerted to the horses' condition by a complaint from the public. When visiting the property, a Humane Society officer confirmed the low weight of many of the horses.

Baugnon said the horses are not yet available for adoption. The horses are expected require several months of rehabilitation to regain their health.

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