The King County Department of Executive Services stated today that seven more horses belonging to an Enumclaw homeowner were seized. The horses, who were found on a property in Pierce County, WA, were taken into custody by Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC).
According to Cameron Satterfield, Communications Manager for the King County Department of Executive Services, RASKC worked with the King County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement officers to serve the warrant.
"At that time, we took in the four 'missing' horses that were described in the February 7 warrant, plus three others that were found to be in questionable condition," Satterfield stated.
"That makes a grand total of 29 horses that have been taken into RASKC custody.
"At this point, no charges have been filed, but the owner has been advised of their right to petition the court for their return or to post bond for their care as the case moves forward," Satterfield added.
The animals who are now in RASKC custody either have been or will be checked over by a veterinarian. They will receive treatment as needed.
No charges have been filed yet in this case, as this is still an active investigation. RASKC will continue to care for the animals as the case moves forward.
Animal rescue cases often rely upon the eyes and ears of Good Samaritans.
"As always, we encourage residents to report cases of suspected animal abuse or animal cruelty to RASKC as soon as possible.
"We take these cases very seriously, and we will investigate," Satterfield stated.
If you suspect animal abuse or animal cruelty, please come forward. RASKC can be reached at 206-296-7387 during normal business hours, or residents can call 9-1-1.
Updates to this case will be posted as they occur.
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