GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Hundreds of people from as far away as Canada came to the Josephine County Fair Grounds to bid on more than 150 miniature horses rescued from a farm in Cave Junction earlier this fall.
“It works out, it is as much a rescue as an auction,” said Marty Knowles who drove more than 300 miles to the auction.
The auction has been months in the making ever since more than 250 animals ranging from horses to goats were taken after reports of neglect.
“It took about four days and we took about two hundred animals off that piece of property,” said County Public Health Director Diane Hoover.
Hoover says it has been a team effort in making sure the animals were properly taken care of.
“We originally seized the horses on September 14th and so the county and the fairgrounds and the sheriff’s posse have been taking care of the horses ever since then, it’s really been a community effort,” said Hoover.
It has been a long process for the animals as well. They have all been checked out by vets and nursed back to better physical health.
“The horses were here at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, so the sheriff’s posse has been taking care of them on a day to day basis,” said Hoover
Knowles says he drove down with one miniature stallion in mind, but seeing all the animals get a fresh start with new homes made the trip well worth it.
“We came down here for one mini. Unfortunately he’s found a good home. Not us, but he found a good home,” said Knowles.