TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KOIN) — Two horses in a Tilamook pasture died in the last week from what one neighbor said is mistreatment. But the horse’s owner said the problems stem from the recent hard freeze.
The outraged neighbor, Tara Kottre, told KOIN 6 News the horses live in terrible conditions without shelter. She said there have been days this winter where the horses had no food.
“I want to see them have homes,” she said. “I want them out of her possession and I’m beyond believing she can understand why this is wrong.”
The owner, Sammie Morgan, said Kottre’s accusations are not true and that she does her best to take care of the horses.
“You can go out to my pasture right now and you will see bales of hay sitting out there that they have been eating for the last week,” Morgan told KOIN 6 News.
The horses have low muscle density, she said, because of the hard freeze — not because they’re not fed. Morgan said she raised some money for a shelter and she plans to move the remaining horses to the county fairgrounds.
The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.