Horse, dogs seized in Ore. animal abuse case

Horse, dogs seized in Ore. animal abuse case

Banjo the horse, as shown in a photo taken by authorities.

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 1:19 PM

SILVERTON, Ore. -- A horse named Banjo has been put up for adoption, and two people have been charged in Marion County with animal neglect.

Authorities say two dogs had to be euthanized after deputies began an investigation in December at a rural property near Silverton. Deputies say the dogs were aged and weak, and their muscles had deteriorated.

Deputies said they also learned a second horse on the property had died just before they began their investigation.

Banjo was turned over to United SPCA in Yamhill and is reported doing better after a month of rehabilitation. Metal staples and glass shards were removed from his hooves and mane.

Officers said the charges were filed Saturday against 43-year-old Carol Rae Epping and 40-year-old Heath Christopher Epping.

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