Inmates, deputies, aid rescue horse farm

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Inmate work crews supervised by sheriff's deputies spent two days assisting a farm that takes in rescue horses.

Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Don Thomson said Sunday 70 inmates put in about 1,000 hours Friday and Saturday at the Yamhill farm of Dr. Barbara Kahl, owner and operator of United SPCA.

Kahl and her husband offer no-cost rehabilitation services for malnourished and neglected horses in the Willamette Valley. Care can last six to seven months.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers says in a press release Kahl has never asked for assistance from counties but he and his peers thought it was appropriate to offer inmate work crew maintenance as a service project.

Thompson says crews built fences, constructed sheds and performed other tasks to assist the farm.