Horses Seized In Abuse Investigation To Be Auctioned

Friday, September 7th 2007, 5:18 pm
By: News On 6

There are new developments in a Tulsa County animal abuse investigation. Nearly two dozen horses seized by deputies at a ranch near Leonard will be auctioned off this weekend. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports deputies and animal advocates hope they go to good homes.

Tulsa County Deputy David Long says the horses look a lot different than when he first saw them.

"They look a lot better than when they were taken. They put on weight and good pasture to eat on," said Tulsa County Deputy David Long.

The animals were seized in May as part of an animal abuse and neglect investigation. Some were malnourished and needed medical attention.

"It's always frustrating to see when animals are mistreated because you can see how gentle they are," Long said.

Now the horses will be auctioned off at the Collinsville Livestock Auction.

"They'll be sold individually at auction,” said Long. “Each one will go through the sale."

There are 22 of the horses that will be up for bid.

"Tomorrow they'll get sold. They'll go to good homes," Long said.

Three of the horses seized as part of the animal abuse investigation weren't brought to Collinsville for the auction. One is pregnant and could deliver any day, two others are still under veterinary care.

The horses have spent the last few months on 178 acres in Pryor at the future home of the Tom Giles Animal Shelter while the case went through court.

"With people working with them, and them being around people, they're real gentle,” Deputy Long said. “Now as far as riding, I don't know we haven't rode them."

Proceeds from the auction will be used to pay for the care they've received since they were seized.

"It costs a lot to care for them and give them proper medical attention," said Long.

For Long, it will be nice seeing the case come to a close, and the horses going to a good home where they'll be cared for and happy.

The auction is on Saturday at the Collinsville Livestock Auction, located on Garnett between 136th and 146th. The horses will go up for bid around 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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