Nearly 200 Miniature Horses Seized in Oregon Cruelty Case

Nearly 200 allegedly maltreated horses are awaiting placement into new homes after animal welfare authorities in Josephine County, Ore., seized them from their owner earlier this year. Several dogs, cats, chickens, and goats were also seized in connection with the case.

Josephine County Deputy District Attorney Carrie Wineland said that in September, county animal welfare authorities seized more than 177 Miniature Horses along with two full-sized horses, three Miniature Donkeys, and the other animals in various stages of alleged abuse and neglect from Crow's Magical Miniature Horses in Cave Junction. In her status report to the County Board of Commissioners, Josephine County Assistant Legal Counsel Leah Harper said the horses all showed physical signs of long-term neglect, including lack of dental and hoof care. All also had parasites, Harper's report said. Several dead animals were also discovered on the property, according to the report.

The animals' owner, Kandi Crow, was subsequently charged with 44 misdemeanor criminal counts including animal neglect, animal abuse, and unlawful possession of a domestic animal.

Crow was unavailable for comment.

On Oct. 23, Crow surrendered a total of 254 animals--including the horses--to Josephine County, Wineland said. The court case remains pending.

Since the removal the animals have been in the care of Josephine County personnel. On Oct. 31, the County's Board of Commissioners approved a plan to rehome the animals.

On Dec. 8, the horses will be sold at auction, Wineland said. Buyers must agree to provide minimum appropriate care for the animals and never to return them to Crow.

"Our hope is to find loving retirement homes for these horses," Wineland said.

A hearing in Crow's case is slated for Nov. 19.

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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