Three horses, described as starving and dehydrated, have been rescued from a Payette County residence.
The Ontario, Ore., Argus Observer reports
that Payette Police had been keeping an eye on the horses since early fall and had given the owner a formal warning about the animals' condition.
"It got to a critical stage, so we needed to take action," Payette Police Chief Mark Clark told the Observer
. "[The veterinarian] said we needed to take them into protective custody." Clark added that the horses were seized only after a judge issued a seizure warrant.
Clark said that charges were pending against the owner, but they were not able to enter her home under the seizure warrant; they were expected to locate the suspect outside the home to make the arrest.
The chief said the city police department didn't have an appropriate place to keep the horses, "So we depend on other people to help us." The department has asked for donations through its Facebook page.
"We got a lot of donations," said Clark