The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the neglect and abandonment of two malnourished horses near the Tinkham Campground near North Bend.
The Bay Thoroughbred mare and a red roan Appaloosa gelding were found about two miles up Fire Service Road 5510. Neither horse had any form of halter, brand, microchip or other identification.
A veterinarian determined that the mare was nearly 100 pounds underweight and suffered from severe sores on all four hooves. The gelding was about 250 pounds underweight and had severe abscesses on both of his front feet. Both horses suffered from dehydration and had several minor abrasions. They are expected to make a full recovery.
"Being a horse owner is a choice, one that comes with the responsibility to provide humane, competent care for your horse at all times," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. "Horse owners who can no longer keep their animals have many humane options available to them. Abandoning horses is animal cruelty and cannot be tolerated in Washington state."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sgt. David Morris at (206) 296-3939.