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Reward offered after emaciated horses found near Elbe

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm with 1 Comment »
November 19, 2009 11:47 am

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.

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  1. JanieJones says:

    I’m glad someone found those horses. When I was a kid, there was a lady that lived near us who started using drugs and lost interest in her kids and animals and the state her horses were in was shocking. A couple of them actually starved to death, even though we had called the humane society several times. They had some bogus reason why they couldn’t do anything about it as long as no animals had died yet. Thankfully several were eventually rescued, the kids went to live with their grandparents, and my family adopted their starving cat. She weighed 3 pounds when she came to us, a year later she was about 9-10, so just imagine what the horses from the same home looked like. It’s so sad that some people will neglect or abandon their animals like that.

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