Officials in Skagit County seized more than 20 horses that they said were near death Wednesday afternoon.
KIRO 7’s Lee Stoll got to the scene just as the last few horses were rounded up by animal control officers. All three had heavily matted manes, and one had an open sore on its back leg.
“It’s a sad situation,” said Sgt. Jennifer Sheahan-Lee with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheahan-Lee said it took two days for an army of officers and volunteers to load up 26 horses. The animals are now being checked out by a veterinarian in Snohomish County.
“(They had) lice, they had mud rot, rain rot,” she said. “There’s likely some other things that, once a vet treats them, just because of their body conditioning score, they’ll discover some other issues going on.”
The horses were owned by a couple in Snohomish County, but they were kept at a farm in Skagit County where they were seized..." More
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