Oregon Authorities Seize Thoroughbred Horse Herd

A herd of allegedly maltreated Thoroughbred horses is in rehabilitative care after Sheriff's Department personnel in Crook County, Ore., seized the property on which they were residing.

Neglected Thoroughbreds

Dozens of allegedly maltreated Thoroughbred horses are receiving rehabilitative care after the property on which they resided was seized by the Crook Co. Sheriff's Department.

"As the investigation progressed, detectives compiled information and photographs that showed there was reason to believe the horses were not receiving the required care as dictated by state law," Savage said.

On Jan. 25, acting on a warrant, Sheriff's Department personnel seized the property and assumed care of the animals, Savage said. Some of the animals were removed from the property to receive veterinary and other rehabilitative care, he said.

The horses' caretaker Timothy Luke Coffia was charged with 18 counts of animal neglect in connection with the seizure, Savage said. Coffia is being held at the Crook County in lieu of $36,000 bail.

Coffia was unavailable for comment.

Savage said the investigation into the case is ongoing.

"Future arrests may be possible," Savage said.

Savage said the horses were seized from the same property where more than a dozen horses were seized in 2009. Those horses have been placed in new adoptive homes. The property's owner was charged in connection with that seizure, Savage said. However those charges were later dismissed, he said.

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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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