Animal Services takes possession of horses in Oregon

The Animal Services section of Public Health — Madison and Dane County said it has facilitated the voluntary surrender of unhealthy horses from a Town of Oregon horse owner.

Animal Services officials said they have been working with the horse owner since February. Officials said they made multiple visits to the property to assess the condition of the horses and to work with the owner to improve their well-being.

PHMDC said Monday that nearly half of the horses that had been kept on the property have been surrendered, and those horses have been placed in new homes where they will receive proper care and continue to be monitored.

PHMDC officials said they are continuing to work with the owner to find new homes for the remaining horses.

The horses that have been voluntarily surrendered and relocated to this point have included horses initially determined to be in the poorest health, PHMDC officials said.

PHMDC said it will be requiring a veterinarian to visit the property to conduct a detailed medical evaluation of the remaining horses.

While working to encourage and coordinate relocation of the remaining animals, PHMDC said it is preparing a series of directives for the owner of the animals to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses that remain on the property.