Detectives seized 22 horses who had been found living in squalor and infected with parasites at a nonprofit equine rescue in Enumclaw.
The woman keeping the horses there already has a warrant from Snohomish County for investigation of animal cruelty and could now face additional animal cruelty charges in King County, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives executing a search warrant Saturday found the horses sick, struggling to walk and without adequate food, KIRO TV reported. As it seemed no one was taking care of the horses, detectives deemed them abandoned, according to the sheriff’s office.
The horses had been brought from around the country to the four-acre Enumclaw property, which was loaned to the woman in August as a temporary place to keep the animals, according to the sheriff’s office.
The owner of that property told the sheriff’s office Dec. 2 that the horses had no food or shelter, prompting the Saturday operation. Assisting detectives that day were a veterinarian, King County Animal Control and a horse-rescue organization called Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE).
SAFE will care for the seized horses and make them available to the public for adoption, according to the sheriff’s office.