The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information after five emaciated horses were found last week on a logging road near Elbe.
The organization cited news reports about the discovery of the horses Nov. 12. The horses were deep in the forest, cold, injured and “horribly malnourished,” the Humane Society stated in a press release.
“It appears they were afraid to leave the area where they were dropped off, and could have been stranded for up to two weeks,” the press release states.
One horse was euthanized. Two of the surviving horses are about 15 years old. A third is suspected to be pregnant, the Humane Society reported.
In Washington, abandoning animals is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“Struggling horse owners do not need to turn to abandonment to solve their problems,” said Dan Paul, the Humane Society’s Washington state director. “Rescue groups, online adoption programs, lease arrangements and even humane euthanasia are all responsible alternatives to horse abandonment.”
Pierce County Animal Control is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 253-798-7387 or 253-798-7003.
The Humane Society is offering up to $2,500 leading to the arrests and convictions in the case.