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Deputies rescue abandoned, emaciated horses

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:47:59 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 06 2013 01:03:01 PM CDT
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ELK CREEK, Calif. -

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent abandonment and abuse of two horses.

The horses were found Thursday afternoon below Alder Springs on Forest Highway 7 near Powderhouse Road, which is north and west of Elk Creek.  Detective Greg Felton was working a special assignment on the west side of the County, was contacted by hunters in the area who reported two adult horses they had come across that were in very bad physical shape.  

Detective Felton located the animals and a rescue response was initiated.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. The horses were loaded in a trailer and taken to the Glenn County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo grounds near Orland.

Both animals were extremely under nourished and had been without water for some time.   Deputies said both animals, one bay and one sorrel, were not shod; however, both were well behaved and obviously had been someone's pets and/or trail-working animals.  Neither horse had a brand or tattoo of any type.  

The Sheriff's Posse will assist in caring for the two horses until they can be adopted out by proper means.