Ten horses seized from Oregon property

One of the 10 horses seized in Oregon.
One of the 10 horses seized in Oregon.

Ten horses have been seized from an Oregon property after a search warrant was served by authorities.

The animals were taken into the care of the Oregon Humane Society today from a rural Estacada property. The society described the horses as underweight and said their lives were at risk.

Humane society officers and Clackamas County deputies went to the property on Monday morning.

The horses were removed to a location in Oregon City, where they will be cared for by volunteers from Sound Equine Options, a Gresham-based nonprofit.

“We are very concerned for the health of these animals,” the society’s executive director, Sharon Harmon, said.

“Our officers determined that some of the horses were terribly underweight and that we needed to act quickly to protect their health.”

The condition of the horses was brought to the attention of the society by a complaint from the public.

When visiting the property earlier, an officer confirmed the low weight of many of the horses, along with observing one horse with a halter embedded in its skin.

Ten volunteers from Sound Equine Options gathered the horses and transported them to a new foster care location, where they will receive food and medical attention.

The horses are not available for adoption at this time, as they are considered evidence in a court case. The horses are expected to require several months of rehabilitation to regain their health.




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