Auburn Hills, Michigan -- Oakland County Animal Control, with the assistance of Michigan State Police, confiscated 13 horses from a Rose Township farm Wednesday, September 8th, and issued their owner a ticket for 19 counts of animal cruelty.
Acting on a tip, animal control officers initially visited the owner’s farm to investigate allegations that 19 horses were undernourished. After confirming the information, Oakland County Animal Control advised the owner to improve the condition of her horses by the time of its next visit.
Over a period of a month and several visits and warnings from animal control officers, the owner failed to improve the condition of the horses. Prior to their confiscation, one of the horses had to be put down, but the owner was able to place five of the 19 horses in the care of new owners.
With the oncoming cooler weather, Oakland County Animal Control became concerned that the horses would not survive the change in temperature. Animal control officers obtained a court order to confiscate the remaining 13 horses - some of which had become emaciated. These horses are now being cared for at a secure location.
It is standard procedure in animal cruelty investigations such as this one to give the owner several opportunities to improve the condition of the animals prior to seeking an order from the court to confiscate them.
Anyone wishing to donate to help feed and care for the horses may send donations to the Oakland County Animal Shelter, 1700 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, 48326 or go to www.oakgov.com/petadoption.
Media inquiries only may be directed to Oakland County Animal Shelter Manager Larry Obrecht at 248-391-0278.