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South Wheeler County Animal Neglect Investigation Leads to Seizure of Horses and Mules
Lieutenant Randy Scorby
OSP East Region Headquarters
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 523-5848

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Oregon State Police troopers in cooperation with the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office served three search warrants in the Mitchell area of south Wheeler County regarding numerous horses and mules that were the subject of an animal neglect investigation.

The search warrants followed a month long investigation by OSP troopers and a Wheeler County deputy sheriff. During the service of these warrants, thirty horses and two mules were seized after an on-site evaluation was completed by an Oregon Department of Agriculture veterinarian that found evidence of neglect in each animal. Lack of hoof care was a primary issue, as well as the conditions the animals were being held in.

The horses and mules were seized and taken to an undisclosed location to receive proper care. The owner of the animals has not yet been charged pending further evaluation by the state veterinarian. OSP and the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office were assisted by Bureau of Land Management enforcement officers and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The Wheeler County Sheriff's Department is asking those who wish to donate for the care of these animals to call 866-274-9231.
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