Private citizens in Washington State have come forward regarding horses they say are starving in Snohomish, Wash. The animal cruelty case continues to progress after one of the horses was seized from the property on Lowell-Larimer Road. On Thursday, May 30, Snohomish County Animal Control (SCAC) confirmed that the seized horse continues to receive care as the animal cruelty case moves forward.
“The horse was examined again in custody by the attending veterinarian. He is receiving the prescribed care and feeding,” stated Vicki Lubrin, Animal Control Services Manager.
The seized horse, a bay Thoroughbred gelding, appeared to be in very poor condition according to witnesses and photographic evidence.
“We did seize samples of all hay present on the property at the time the first warrant was served. Samples were sent to a lab to test for nutritional content,” Lubrin explained.
“The owner has 15 business days from the date of seizure to petition the court for the return of his horse or to prevent its adoption.
“A bond posting is required pursuant to RCW 16.52.085. We will be forwarding this case sometime in the next two weeks to the Prosecutor to review for criminal charges.
“”The officers continue to monitor each of the horses on the premises regularly,” Lubrin added.
On Thursday, May 30, the Everett Herald reported that the horse’s owner, 72-year-old horse trader Phil Roeder, is accused of not providing his horses with enough food or providing them with poor-quality food. His horses also allegedly had untreated health problems, including eye infections, hair loss, and skin sores.
According to court records, the county has tried to get Roeder to provide better care for his horses for years. Several weeks ago, he was served with civil orders forcing him to allow a veterinarian to assess each horse.
Roder currently has 13 adult Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses and two foals on his property. After seizing the adult Thoroughbred, 14 horses who likely still need help remain on the property.
Roeder was recently cited for animal cruelty and neglect and told to correct these issues.
According to Lubrin, the bay Thoroughbred gelding hadn’t shown any improvement, but the other horses had shown slight improvement.
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