Colt attacked by dogs had to be euthanized and horses were left without adequate food or water in 100 degree heat, SLO County Sheriff says
A woman has been charged with felony animal neglect after an investigation in California Valley led to the discovery of 11 horses that were left without adequate food or water for nearly a week in 100-degree heat, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office reported.
One of the horses, a colt, had to be euthanized, Sheriff's spokesman Tony Cipolla said.
The suspect was identified as Misty Marie Lambert, 43. She had been in charge of the horses on the property, Cipolla said. The SLO Sheriff's Rural Crimes unit seized the horses from the 14000 block of Arvin Trail on July 18 after an investigation. Aided by the County Animal Services HEET (Horse Emergency Evacuation Team), the horses were rounded up.
Cipolla said the colt had been attacked "multiple times at that location" and was euthanized beause of the severe and untreated injuries.
Seven of the horses were taken to County Animal Services and three stallions were taken to the Equine Center in San Luis Obispo.
Arvin Trail is located in the eastern part of the rural California Valley area just north of Soda Lake.