Neglected horses removed from Ruch property

An Applegate Valley man might face criminal charges after sheriff's deputies removed two mistreated horses from his property Tuesday morning.

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies received a call Monday reporting that two horses suffering apparent health issues were living on a property in the 400 block of Little Applegate Road, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

A deputy drove to the property and inspected the horses. He found enough evidence of neglect to write a search warrant for the property. The warrant was served Tuesday morning, Carlson said.

Deputies removed two horses that exhibited serious signs of neglect, which could include malnutrition and hooves that have remained untrimmed for an extended time.

"The horses were taken to a rescue center where they are receiving the medical treatment they need," Carlson said.

The owner was not cited for animal neglect or mistreatment, Carlson said.

"The report has been filed with the district attorney so there could be charges at a later date," Carlson added.

— Chris Conrad

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