Owner of Abandoned Oregon Horses Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking the owner of two apparently abandoned horses.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Clint Pierce said Portland General Electric utility company personnel discovered the chestnut mare and red chestnut gelding wandering utility company property near the Mount Hood National Forest on Nov. 24. Both are currently under rehabilitative care at a local horse rescue.

"They are malnourished and their feet have not been tended [to] in quite a while," Pierce said. "From the way they were found and the location, I don't believe they got loose; I believe they were abandoned."

If caught, the horses' owner could face misdemeanor animal abandonment and animal neglect charges, Pierce said.

"I want people to realize that we're taking this very seriously," he said.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Pierce at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department at 503/655-8821.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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