Arrest Made in Oregon Horse Neglect Case

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon have located and arrested a woman accused of maltreating two horses confiscated by Marion County Sheriff's Department personnel last week.

Sheriff's Department personnel discovered the 6-year old Buckskin mare and the 3-year old Paint mare when the owner of the leased property on which they were residing complained that the horses' owner was not caring for them.

Veterinarians diagnosed both horses with rain rot, mud fever, muscle loss, and hoof rot, and deemed them significantly underweight. Both animals are under rehabilitative care at the Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary in Scio, Ore.

Marion County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Don Thomson said that after a weeklong search, Sheriff Deputies located and arrested the horses' owner, Audra Bentley, on June 27. Bentley has been charged with two counts of animal abandonment and two counts of animal neglect.

She will appear in court on the charges on June 28.

Meanwhile, the horses are improving under rehabilitative care, said Wayne Geiger, director of Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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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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