STAYTON, Ore. -- Marion County Deputies seized 3 malnourished horses and 14 starving llamas from a farm outside Stayton, Oregon, Wednesday morning.
This is the fourth time this year where Marion County officials have seized neglected horses and farm animals. Officials says it's a growing trend, and possibly a sign of the economic times.
A malnourished colt was seized from the same farm in January. The other horses and llamas began showing signs of neglected, and police officers offered the owners resources and options to avoid the seizure of the other animals.
Unfortunately, the condition of the rest of the animals continued to deteriorate, and a judge issued a search warrant authorizing their seizure.
Volunteers with the Willamette Valley Llama Association and the Marion County Sheriff's Posse helped collect the animals. Officials say the animals were in poor condition and suffered from skin conditions, parasite infestations, rain rot and abscessed hooves.
The Lighthouse Animal Sanctuary in Scio will care for the horses. Director Wayne Geiger offered this advice to owners unable to care for their animals.
"These horses don't need a lot; just some basic care and feeding. If you suspect a medical condition, call a veterinarian. Many will offer advice over the phone at no cost," said Geiger.
"The Oregon Hay Bank in Gresham offers hay and feed assistance. Rescue Blankets in Sandy Oregon provides recycled horse blankets to needy owners".
Anyone having problems caring for their horses or farm animals can contact Senior Deputy Lumley for advice or assistance in connecting with resources. She can be emailed at Blumley@co.marion.or.us