BEND, Ore. — Crook County sheriff’s deputies have taken three horses from their owners, saying the animals were malnourished and dehydrated.
The Bulletin reports that deputies received a tip Tuesday that the three animals were malnourished. Two of the horses, 24-year-old gelding Custer and 3-year-old mare Sassy, were up and walking around. A third horse was so malnourished it lay on the ground.
The horses’ owners have been cited on suspicion of animal neglect.
Sassy and Custer were taken to the nonprofit horse sanctuary Equine Outreach, where Custer had to be euthanized on Saturday due to his condition. The third horse died before arriving at Equine Outreach.
Officials with Equine Outreach say Sassy is recovering and should eventually be able to be adopted.