14 horses were found dead on a property in Oregon. When deputies responded, they found some of the living horses standing in "septic" mud and water full of urine and feces.
The mud was up to the horses chests in some places. At the same time, the health of the still-living horses was deteriorating. Authorities seized another 34. The animals were transported to the facility for Sound Equine Options, a nonprofit that rescues horses, to be evaluated and receive veterinary care. Criminal animal neglect charges are pending for both Carol Davidson and Edward Davidson. Because of the number of horses, the charges qualify for a Class C felony.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office Animal Control previously monitored for some time Carol Davidson, 69, and Edward Davidson, 66, the owners of the property in Oregon, after they received complaints of horses standing in muddy conditions. At that time, however, the state of the horses' well being was not a concern. Carol Davidson suffered a medical emergency while deputies were serving the search warrant and had to be transported to the hospital.