TERREBONNE, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office worked through the day, Sunday, to remove 83 horses from a Terrebonne property. They say the animals are suffering from severe hoof neglect. The large-scale seizure operation was undertaken with help from neighbors and others in the community who volunteered vehicles and horse trailers to transport the horses to the Sheriff’s office Rescue Ranch in Bend.
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MONDAY P.M. UPDATE: The Sheriff's Office released more details late Monday, of the weekend operation. Deschutes County deputies first responded Saturday to a report of a horse with an eye injury and hoof neglect, at a property on Smith Rock Way. When deputies contacted the property owner, they determined there was a large number of horses suffered from mild to severe neglect; the following day, they removed 83 horses. Two others had to be euthanized.
A vet team and two farriers spent Monday at the Sheriff’s Office Rescue Ranch in Bend providing medical and hoof care. The investigation continues and no charges have been filed.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Deschutes County Sgt. William Bailey says eight more horses were euthanized late Monday, after veterinarians determined long-term hoof neglect led to severe abnormalities and excessive "hoof wall growth," causing severe pain, arthritis and laminitis. Sgt. Bailey says the remaining 75 horses are receiving the essential care they need.
The horses' owner, 67-year-old Linda Stream, and her horse caretaker, 41-year-old Christina Hart, are both charged with one count of Animal Neglect I, which is a Felony. The Terrebonne women were cited Monday afternoon to appear in court next month.