Authorities seize hundreds of animals from Tenino, WA farm
During animal abuse investigation
March 19, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Hooves of miniature horse had not been trimmed for years. Photo courtesy Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County
(TENINO, WA.) -- Authorities seized hundreds of animals from a Tenino, Washington farm on Sunday March 11th during an investigation into possible animal abuse. Tenino is a small hamlet of just 1700 people in Thurston County.
A report by Hooved Animal Rescue (HAR) of Thurston County says the group, "Assisted the Sheriff's Office in one of the worst seizure (cases) most of us have seen. We took in 1 horse, 23 miniature horses, and 10 goats (2 nursing kids, and 1 bottle baby). Animal Services took in 19 animals; 8 dogs, 2 cats, 3 rabbits, and 6 domestic birds. The Sheriff's Office removed over 200+ poultry; chickens, turkeys, ducks, and doves. Some of the poultry was placed into foster homes and approximately 140+ were held in a secure location until they could be placed into more foster homes."
A posting on the rescue group's website says all of the miniature horses have overgrown feet and some have not had their hooves trimmed for several years."They all need to be x-rayed before the farrier can begin work," said the group's statement about the seizures. "All of them are in need of dental work that has been neglected for years."
KCPQ-TV in Seattle reported that rescuers found goats housed in feces-filled stalls in a barn that looked like they were never allowed to leave and there was one dog kept in a kennel filled with feces and urine, a drinking water container filled with algae and that food was thrown down on the feces for the dog to eat.
Thurston County Animal Services plans to refer 19 charges for second-degree animal cruelty to the prosecutor's office, with more counts possible depending on the outcome of the full investigation, according to the TV station report.
HAR says all the care the animals need is going to be expensive. It is covering covering the cost of caring for the poultry at the holding facility which meant buying feeders, waterers, shavings, and feed. "These poor birds scrambled for the fresh water when it was placed in their pens. It's hard to know how long it had been since they'd had fresh water," said the group's statement.
If you'd care to donate to help out in this large rescue, HAR's donation page is here .
HAR is funded only by donations, grants and fundraising events. It does not receive any reimbursement from the law enforcement agencies that it provides assistance to.
HAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.