38 Horses and 20 goats Seized due to poor health, Dallas resident charged with Animal Neglect I (Photo)
On January 30th, 2015 the Polk County Sheriff's Office began an investigation regarding neglected animals located in the 300 block of Pioneer Rd in Dallas, Oregon. The investigation stemmed from concerns regarding the lack of care and the poor condition of over 35 horses that were located on the property.
Polk County Deputies went to the property with a local veterinarian and members from the Polk County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse and determined that many of the horses and other animals on the property were in need of immediate care. A local veterinarian is conducting exams and taking blood samples to determine the extent of the neglect.
During the investigation it was discovered that most of the animals were in poor health, emaciated, malnourished and in immediate need of care. There were 38 horses, 20 goats and over a dozen fowl that were located on the property. One dead horse was also found on the property.
The owner of the animals, 41 year old Monica Foster of Dallas, was cooperative during the investigation and was cited and released for Animal Neglect I.
Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and members of Polk County Sheriff's Posse have been tending to the animals since they were seized.
Monica Foster is scheduled to appear in Polk County Circuit Court on March 19th, 2015.