SALEM – An 11-week old foal rescued from a field near Salem is expected to recover after its owner was arrested for animal abuse.
The foal’s mother was also seized but had to be euthanized due to her wounds.
The owner of the horse, 33-year old Janet Spears, was charged with two counts of animal neglect after the injured horse and foal were seized last Sunday on Triumph Road in Sublimity, according to Marion County Sheriff's deputies.
A wound made it difficult for the adult horse to eat and the malnutrition prevented her from producing milk, authorities said. The mare also had a split hoof and eventually had to be euthanized.
Spears told deputies the small wound was present when she bought the horse and that it got infected. She admitted that she had not sought vet care, thinking it would heal on its own under her supervision.
Dr. Barbara Kahl said the foal was adjusting well and has connected with a "nurse mare" at the United SPCA facility in Yamhill.