BEND, OR -- Two women are charged with Felony animal neglect after 83 horses were seized over the weekend, from a Terrebonne ranch. The District Attorney's office is now handling the investigation into 67-year-old Linda Stream, and 41-year-old Christina Hart. Initially, Sheriff's deputies found 85 horses on the property; two were euthanized prior to the rest being removed, due to their poor condition. Sgt. William Bailey says unfortunately more were put down late Monday, "Our veterinary team recommended that eight of the horses be euthanized, due to the severe hoof neglect that was causing pain, arthritis, and laminitis."
The 75 that remain are now living at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Rescue Ranch, "It's a pretty sad thing to see some of these horses when they were coming to our ranch, walking in the condition that they were, and they were obviously in pain and their feet bothered them. And, knowing that it took years to get to that point, is pretty sad."
Sgt. Bailey tells KBND News they will need continued specialized care, and the community is already stepping up to help. "If people just want to make a monetary donation to help out with the horse care, they can go to our website and there's a button on the right hand of the screen to donate through PayPal." To donate hay and feed, contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-388-6655.