Photos of skeletal horses spur rescue in Lane County

Crime

The horses' owner could face criminal animal neglect charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A horse owner in Lane County could face criminal animal neglect charges after photos of her emaciated horses were shared with law enforcement.

Lane County Animal Services and Lane County Sheriff’s Office, along with their partners, said Wednesday they are working to remove several of the horses from the farm near Creswell.

The Lane County District Attorney’s Office is pursuing criminal charges against the horses’ owner, Gwenyth Davies, according to deputies.

Officials said the investigation began on Oct. 16 when animal services received photographs of horses that appeared to be severely neglected. The images were provided by Emerald Valley Equine Rescue after it received complaints from people who used to board their horses with Davies.

Davies has been accused of neglect in the past. Animal services contacted her in 2018 about horses in poor condition. Officials said she complied and got the horses up to “minimum care standards” but another report of neglect was made in September.

It’s unclear how many horses this latest investigation involves. Officials said a vet will evaluate each horse to help decide which of the animals will be taken away.

Lane County is working with the Oregon Humane Society and other rescue groups to help treat and house the “large number” of horses. Many of them will be taken to Sound Equine Options in Gresham.

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