KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- Nine neglected horses were seized in Molalla by the Oregon Humane Society on Tuesday.
Officials say the horses were not receiving minimum care and eight of the horses were underweight. Witnesses had reported that the horses were extremely thin, did not have access to food or water and were standing in deep mud.
The owners of the horses have not yet been cited but second degree animal neglect is punishable by fines of up to $2,500 and six months in jail. They were not willing to cooperate with investigators.
The horses are now in the care of Sound Equine Options, a Troutdale-based nonprofit. They are not available for adoption at this time.
Officials urge people who cannot care for their animals to reach out for assistance.
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