Disclaimer: A previous version of this story used a stock photo. The photo now in this article is from the property in Enumclaw, WA.
Dozens of animals, including horses, a cat, and a goat, were rescued from an Enumclaw, WA home on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7. As of Monday, February 11, King County is still waiting for a thorough report from a veterinarian.
Cameron Satterfield, Communications Manager at the King County Department of Executive Services, discussed the animal rescue case.
“Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) received a tip about some emaciated horses on an acreage near Enumclaw early this week,” Satterfield stated.
An animal control officer investigated the potential animal cruelty and animal abuse case and a search warrant was served on Wednesday night.
“Sixteen horses, a cat, and a goat were taken into custody at that time. An additional warrant was obtained on Thursday night, and an additional six horses were taken into custody,” added Satterfield.
Four other horses who were described in the second warrant were not found on the property.
“Five horses, a number of cats, and two goats were left on the property, as a veterinarian indicated they were in good condition,” Satterfield stated.
Many of the horses taken appeared to be malnourished, some with ribs showing. Some also had vision problems and/or trouble walking due to physical deformities or degeneration due to age.
We believe the property owner may have been a horse breeder at one time, and apparently also took in horses as a sort of rescue operation,” Satterfield added.
Neighbors reportedly referred to the property owner as an animal hoarder.
The animals who are now in RASKC custody either have been or will be checked over by a veterinarian. They will receive treatment as needed.
No charges have been filed yet in this animal rescue case, as this is still an active animal cruelty investigation. RASKC will continue to care for the animals as the case moves forward.
Animal rescue cases such as this one often rely upon the eyes and ears of Good Samaritans.
“As always, we encourage residents to report cases of suspected animal abuse or animal cruelty to RASKC as soon as possible. We take these cases very seriously, and we will investigate,” Satterfield stated.
If you suspect animal abuse or animal cruelty, please come forward. RASKC can be reached at 206.296.7387 during normal business hours, or residents can call 9-1-1.
Updates to this case will be posted as they occur.
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