MERLIN, Ore. – Josephine County Commissioners have given the green light for the county’s health department to adopt out and auction off the hundreds of animals seized in a September animal hoarding and abuse case.
257 animals were seized, from chickens and cattle to 177 miniature horses, and dozens of dogs, cats, goats and other animals. 17 of the horses are being cared for at the County Animal Shelter. The others are at various foster homes. County officials said Cave Junction resident Kandi Crow has signed over all rights to the animals.
“It’s costing us, everyday, whatever a ton of hay costs, because we’re going through a ton of hay a day, and whatever special needs individual animals have,” said Public Health Director Diane Hoover.
Many animals had parasites or other illnesses. She says none of the horses had ever had hooves trimmed or dental care. No date has been set for the horse auction, or for a trial on the animal abuse charges.