MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford woman says she is shocked after finding her neighbor’s injured pony tied up and left without food or water. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has decided the pony is not a victim of abuse.
Deputies say they are not filing any charges. Over the weekend, they went to the property where this suspected abused pony was housed. Though graphic and difficult to look at, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says pictures of the horse tied up are misleading.
“It’s important to remember that there are car crashes where things look bad but it doesn’t mean laws are broken,” said Andrea Carlson, with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies reviewed the pictures and did an investigation.
“The owners are doing everything they can to take care of it,” Carlson said.
The owners told deputies their pony got loose and accidentally got struck by a vehicle Thursday. The pony was treated. Then, on Sunday, the owner went to church and tied the animal to a post so it wouldn’t escape, but the dog spooked the animal.
“And the pony became very tangled up in its ropes and fell to the ground unable to move,” the owner explained.
The sheriff’s office says it understands the concerns from the community but the deputies who are trained to identify animal abuse and neglect say this is a series of unfortunate events.
“There’s always a lot of heart when you’re dealing with animals. You know, not just people. If there were concerns of the animals well-being, the animal would not be at the house where it is right now” Carlson explained.
Several years ago, when Jackson County Animal Control took budget cuts, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office trained several deputies and community service officers to better identify animal abuse or neglect.