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Questions about the horse complaint process

Question: What should I do if I see a neglected/abused horse?

Answer: Contact the Sheriff’s Office of the county where you saw the horse.

Question: What happens when I contact the Sheriff’s Office to report a neglected/abused horse?

Answer: A deputy is dispatched to the location to determine if a crime is present.

Question: What if it is determined that there is not a crime present?

Answer: If it is determined that there is not a crime, then the deputy will then help to educate the owners in the proper care and feeding of the horse(s) in question.

Question: What happens if a crime is present?

Answer: In Linn County, if it is determined that a crime has been committed, the matter is then turned over to the Livestock Investigation Team.

Question: What is the Livestock Investigation Team?

Answer: It is a team of deputies that have been trained in evaluating horses, they use the Henneke body score system and have studied animal care.

Question: What is the Henneke body scoring system?

Answer: It is a system developed by a veterinarian, Dr. Henneke, to determine how much body fat a horse has. Horses are given a number: Six or 7 is healthy a 3 or lower has virtually no fat reserves.

Question: What happens when it is determined that the horse is neglected?

Answer: The owner is advised to have a veterinarian and/or farrier perform an evaluation on the animal at the owner’s expense. If the owner refuses, the Sheriff’s Office will obtain a warrant and a veterinarian and/or farrier to do an evaluation.

Question: How does the rescue end up with the horse?

Answer: If the veterinarian and/or farrier determines that the horse or horses are neglected, the Sheriff’s Office will advise the owner that they can relinquish ownership. If the owner does not wish to relinquish ownership, the Sheriff’s Office will seize the horse or horses. Then the Sheriff’s Office will call the rescue and we house the horse or horses.

Question: About how long does this process take?

Answer: It can take as long as 3 months or more or be as short as a week.


Questions about the rescue

Question: Can the rescue seize a horse?

Answer: NO we only house the horses the Sheriff’s Office calls us to pickup.

Question: Does the rescue choose what horses it takes?

Answer: No we only house the horses the Sheriff’s Office asks us to pickup. No matter age,sex, or breed.

Question: Is the rescue funded by taxes payers’ money or does the Sheriff’s Office pay for any care for the horses?

Answer: No the rescue is a nonprofit organization that is funded by donation, grants, and adoption fees. We only help the Sheriff’s Office; we are a separate organization.

Question: Does the rescue sell horse?

Answer: No, but we do adopt them out if we can. But we have extremely strict rules on adoption.

Question: Why does the rescue ask for an adoption fee it gets the horses for free?

Answer: We ask for a fee because the money helps pay for the horses that have not been adopted yet. Yes, the rescue does not pay for the horses but they are in bad shape when we get them and the amount of funds it take to get them healthy exceeds any amount the rescue will ever see.

Question: Why doesn’t the rescue sell horses and why is the adoption process so strict?

Answer: We want to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect. To find the right, safe and loving home for each horse is our goal.

Question: Why are some of the horses not up for adoption? Shouldn’t the rescue move them out as fast as possible so they do not have the expense?

Answer: We are a rescue /sanctuary. Some horses are not adoptable because they may have special needs, or they would be more helpful to be used in the rescue horses give back program. The goal is not to move them out as fast as we can, it is to do what is best for that particular horse.

Question: How many horses have been adopted?

Answer: The rescue just started adopting horses out in 2009, 22 horses have found forever homes.

Question: Does the rescue euthanize horses?

Answer: No. We are a no kill facility. (exception-cases recommended by a veterinarian)

Question: Why doesn’t the rescue euthanize old horses since they are a financial burden?

Answer: It is against the rescues policy and against the policy of the places we apply for grants from.

Question: Why was the rescue started?

Answer: Because the Sheriff’s Office had nowhere to house horses that were seized, no funds to pay for their care, and they asked for help.

Question: Does the rescue have paid employees?

Answer: No, everyone is volunteering their time.

Question: Why does the rescue take horses from people, I know someone who had their horses taken away?

Answer: The rescue does not take horses away from anyone, that is between that person and the Sheriff’s Office.

Question: Why does the rescue use pictures of horse(s) the sheriff’s Office seized from someone?

Answer: If the horse was seized by the Sheriff’s Office, as a nonprofit the rescue must raise money to care for that horse. And, people want to see what they are donating to.

Question: What makes this rescue different from all of the people out there that say they rescue horses?

Answer: The rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the IRS code, registered with the state, that was setup by an attorney and a licensed CPA. We have bylaws, rules, and a board of directors. We have been inspected by several different organizations and approved.

In 2010 we became the first animal sanctuary in Oregon to be verified as meeting all the requirements of a true sanctuary by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFA). This verification means that we meet the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and are providing humane and responsible care of the animals according to the guidelines of GFAS, the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries.

Question: What makes this rescue different form the other nonprofit horse rescues?

Answer: We do not go looking for horses to rescue. We are called by the Sheriff’s Office and asked to save horses.  If there was no intervention, the horse would die.


PO Box 2669  Lebanon, OR 97355 · 541-258-3422 · LinnCountyAnimalRescue@yahoo.com

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