Another horse facility getting hit by the hard economic times. Once a great facility owned by another and used for Thoroughbreds with a horse Jacuzzi used for therapeutic therapy, is now a site for police investigations. Police came to the Mill City ranch, now ran by Tania Herring, last month to due a called in complaint from a veterinarian about some of the health concerns he had for the horses. With the information that was collected at that time the authorities went to the courts to get search warrants to seize some of the bad horses. On Thursday the 21st, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies showed up to serve their warrant. The officers then called the Linn County Animal Rescue which had dozens of volunteers to help and a veterinarian to assist with evaluating and taking the horses.
Once there it was worse that expected, they found 116 horses and miniature horses and approximately 70 were showing signs of neglect. Many of the horses were malnourished, diseased, parasitic and some had skin mange. One of the horses had difficulty walking due to lack of hoof care which lead to a deformed leg. Another horse had an open infected wound on it’s neck. Some of the horses were in pretty bad shape and could not walk. One pregnant mare was in one of the worst conditions and she was one of the many seized yesterday. Due to the poor health, the veterinarian may have to put down some of the worst horses.
When the sheriff’s deputies go out on a call like this they need the assistance of a veterinarian to help them distinguish how the horse is to be rated. The horses are rated on a numbering scale and the lower the number the worse the condition of the animal. Upon these horses that were being rated it appeared several were rated as a 1. There were 30 horses taken yesterday and there may be more taken before the investigation is over. The problem is finding foster homes for 30+ horses is really hard right now.
Tania Herring, 30, was arrested yesterday and is being charged with 30 counts of animal neglect right now. The case has been turned over to the District Attorney and they may try for the conviction of animal abuse as well on some. If they get the conviction she could face a fine and /or jail time and they are also trying to make it to where she can never own or care for a horse again. Her court date has been set for February 24, 2010.
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