BEND, OR -- Dozens of horses seized from a Terrebonne property in March are now ready for adoption from the Deschutes County's rescue ranch. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office launched a special website Thursday with photos and biographies of the 40 that are available.
Sgt. William Bailey tells KBND News, "Due to the high interest in the horses, we’ll be performing a lottery-type draw system to determine the selection order of prospective adopters. Adoption applications will be accepted through October 19 at 5 p.m. and you can visit our website to download a livestock application." Then, "The week of October 22, we’ll be performing background checks on the applicants. And, on October 26, a lottery draw will determine the order for prospective adopters to select horses from the available horses at the ranch." And, for those not interested in participating in the lottery process, "After November second, any remaining horses that we have available will be open for adoption."
The Sheriff's Office initially seized 83 horses; five had to be euthanized in March. Linda Stream and her daughter Christina Hart pleaded No Contest to animal neglect charges, in September. They now await sentencing. The end of the criminal investigation and prosecution means the remaining 75 animals are no longer considered evidence. Sgt. Bailey says 15 of the horses are headed to an Arabian rescue in California.
Submit completed adoption applications via email or fax them to 541-389-1928. Completed application can also be dropped off during business hours at the main Sheriff’s Office (63333 Highway 20, Bend), or at La Pine and Sisters Substations.
Photos: (top) One of the horses now available for adoption.
(upper right) The condition of some of the horses seized in March.