Big Springs, Calif.

“A long term period of inexplicable abuse, neglect and cruelty” was described as the conditions under which two horses recently died in the Big Springs area, according to a press release issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). One emaciated horse was successfully rescued.

One horse was rescued from the home, and two others were unable to be saved.

On March 31, SCSO deputies responded to a report of animal neglect. Three horses were reportedly in distress and not being properly cared for after being observed in a small field on Obsidian Road in the Big Springs area.

The report also indicated that the animals were not being properly fed and one horse was possibly dead, the release stated.

The responding SCSO deputy arrived at the scene and reportedly found two horses in a very emaciated condition, indicating that the animals were subjected to long-term neglect and possible abuse. Another horse was already dead at the scene.

A volunteer from The Run for Home Haven Horse Rescue Ranch responded and arranged for temporary feeding and care of the animals while the SCSO conducted a preliminary investigation and contacted Siskiyou County Animal Control officials.

Despite the efforts of the rescue volunteer and county responders, one horse perished at the scene. Prior to the horse’s death, Siskiyou County Animal Control attempted to save the animal by contacting one of the best veterinarians in the area, stated the release.

The veterinarian administered injections in an effort to save the animal. According to the release, despite the extraordinary effort by county staff and the veterinarian, the animal did not respond to the treatment and officials were forced to euthanize the horse that evening.

The Run for Home Haven Horse Rescue Ranch ultimately saved one of the horses with assistance from the veterinarian.

Siskiyou County Animal Control conducted a comprehensive investigation and filed an animal cruelty and neglect-related case against the owners of the horses with the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office on Apr. 13.

“Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus has been advised and plans to review the case at the earliest opportunity,” the release stated.
The names of the owners of the horses were not revealed in the release. SCSO Public Information Officer Allison Giannini said that an arrest has not been made because the investigation was handled by Animal Control personnel.

Sheriff Jon Lopey stated, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I am saddened by the senseless loss of these defenseless animals. Evidence indicates that these horses were likely subjected to a long-term period of inexplicable abuse, neglect and cruelty. The Siskiyou County Animal Control Office has done an excellent job aggressively investigating this case.”

Lopey continued, “Tragically, this apparent long-term neglect was not reported to authorities in time to save all of the animals. This is a good opportunity to remind all citizens to report any suspected case of animal abuse, neglect or cruelty to county authorities as soon as possible.

To report abuse, citizens may call the SCSO Dispatch 24 hours a day at 841-2900, or, Siskiyou County Animal Control, at 841-4028.”

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