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January 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM
The Wenatchee World
Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies removed eight horses from a field near Wauconda on Tuesday after determining they were not being fed or watered.
Sheriff Frank Rogers said a Gig Harbor man owns the horses, and told authorities he had asked his son who lives in Tonasket to care for them. Deputies left messages for the son, but were unable to reach him.
Neighbors first complained in December that the horses at 251 Toroda Creek Road were not being cared for, and some neighbors have been bringing them food and water, Rogers said.
When deputies arrived on Tuesday, the animals had no food or water, he said. Some of them had cuts and bruises, and one had an injured leg, he said.
Rogers said the horses were taken to a nearby ranch, and a veterinarian will look them over today or Thursday.
A report will be sent to the prosecutor to determine whether to charge the father or son with animal cruelty, he said.
December 14, 2012 at 7:53 AM
The Associated Press
The Pierce County prosecutor says a 69-year-old Graham man accused of failing to properly care for more than three dozen horses has been charged with 10 counts of second-degree animal cruelty.
John Diller is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 27.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said yesterday that Pierce County Animal Control was called in late September after a federal agent executing a search warrant at the property saw the horses living in what Lindquist calls “deplorable conditions.”
He says most of the horses were underweight and their hooves were overgrown and cracked. Stalls and paddocks had excessive piles of manure.
Thirty-nine horses were removed for care and treatment. Eight have been humanely euthanized and Diller later successfully petitioned for the return of 11 horses.
Lindquist says nine are available for adoption and the remaining 11 have been adopted or may be available for adoption later.
November 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM
The Budweiser Clydesdales are in Western Washington this week making appearances at several venues. Unfortunately, the horses cannot be seen at the Puyallup fairgrounds where they’re staying, because of the fairgrounds schedule. Note that the horses do not appear when it’s raining.
– Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. Walmart, 310 31st Ave. S.E., Puyallup
– Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. main P.X., Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This appearance is open only to those with base access.
– Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Walmart, Bonney Lake
The Clydesdales are visiting the Northwest as part of a military-appreciation tour. This team of 10 horses, based in Fort Collins, Colo., is on the road 320 days a year, making appearances in the West. Eight of the horses are used to pull the beer wagon while two of the horses are alternates, said Roman Raber, assistant supervisor with the Budweiser team.
The tallest horse on the team is 19.2 hands or 61/2 feet tall near the base of his neck. The horses weigh up to 2,300 pounds and eat 30 to 40 pounds of hay a day plus grain and supplements. They drink 20 to 30 gallons of water a day or twice that in hot weather, Raber said.
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