Horse Abandoned in Oregon

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An allegedly emaciated horse is receiving rehabilitative care while authorities seek whoever is responsible for abandoning the animal on an Oregon road.

Kim Mosiman, of Sound Equine Options in Gresham, Oregon, said residents heard a horse's hooves on the pavement of Damascus Road in Clackamas County on July 3. They later discovered an allegedly emaciated horse had been turned loose.

“The people who found the horse had a barn, so they took the animal in and filed a report with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office,” Mosiman said.

Mosiman said the horse had a body condition score of 2 on the 9-point Henneke scale. In addition, the animal showed signs of a fungal infection and was in need of farrier care, she said.

On July 6, the horse was relocated to Sound Equine Options, Moisman said.

Mosiman said the horse is the third to be abandoned in Clackamas County in the past year. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident. If caught, whoever is responsible could face a charge of Class B misdemeanor animal abandonment, Moisman said.

Anyone with information about the abandoned horse should call 503/328-9053, Mosiman said.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a professional journalist who has covered horse industry and equestrian topics for a number of publications. Her background includes riding, showing, and training Saddlebred horses.

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