Tips from Public Help Locate Neglected Horses
UPDATE Sept. 2012: The rescued horses have been recovering in foster homes and are now available for adoption. Learn more about each of the horses and how to adopt them here.
August 8, 2012: A group of neglected horses in Rainier that had gone missing earlier this week were rescued yesterday by the Oregon Humane Society. OHS investigators located all six missing horses that were part of an animal neglect investigation of Rainier resident Yvonne Byrd-Lynch.
Horses Found Alive
“We’re happy to report that the horses were found alive and, although severely underweight, are now getting the food and medical care they need to regain their health,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.
The horses were discovered missing earlier this week when OHS was taking steps to remove the animals from Byrd-Lynch’s property as part of an ongoing neglect investigation.
Byrd-Lynch was first investigated and cited for neglect by OHS in May 2012 regarding a horse that was found dead on her property on the 29000 block of Gregory Road. The case has been submitted to the District Attorney and is now pending in Columbia County.
Public Tips Helped Locate Horses
“We were very concerned that the high temperatures combined with the poor health of the missing horses would be a recipe for disaster,” said Harmon. “Fortunately, the public responded with an outpouring of concern and with information we needed to locate the animals.” The horses were found in Columbia County near Goble.
Sound Equine Options, a nonprofit organization assisting neglected and abandoned horses, is helping to provide care for the rescued horses. Once the horses have recovered, OHS hopes to adopt the horses to new owners.
Public Alert Issued
OHS issued an urgent alert August 6 for any information regarding the whereabouts of the horses.
Thanks to tips received from the public, investigators were able to locate the horses.
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