Authorities in Oregon have seized two horses from a man as part of a neglect investigation.
That means the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office now have three horses belonging to Roy F. Milhous in its care, after one was handed over with consent last November because of what deputies said was malnourishment.
Lieutenant Deron McMaster said deputies served a search warrant in the case last Saturday.
They went to the La Pine property around 2.30pm in relation to an animal neglect investigation that had started late last year.
Deputies had initially visited last November over the care of three horses.
Initially, deputies had taken custody of one horse on consent due to malnourishment. That horse has been cared for by the sheriff’s office over the past several months and the horse had made great improvements, McMaster said.
The sheriff’s office monitored the health of the remaining two horses in Milhous’s custody.
After a noticeable decline in the health of the two animals, a search warrant was obtained and the horses were seized. A female rottweiler was also seized because she was kept in a small enclosure and needed veterinary care.
Milhous was cited and released to appear on four charges of animal neglect – two counts for the horses seized on Saturday, 1 count for the Rottweiler seized on Saturday, and 1 count for the horse taken into custody in November – and eight counts of having an unlicensed dog.