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Lane County seizes 2 horses in Mapleton, cites owner for animal neglect

Lane County seized two horses in Mapleton and cited their owner with six counts of animal neglect Wednesday afternoon. (Lane County Animal Services photo)

MAPLETON, Ore. - Lane County seized two horses in Mapleton and cited their owner with six counts of animal neglect Wednesday afternoon.

“Thankfully, we received a call about the condition of the animals,” said Bernard Perkins, Lane County Animal Welfare Officer. “We know that the care and health of animals is very important to our residents – it’s important to Lane County too – and we appreciate their help identifying possible problem situations.”

Lane County Animal Services cited the owner, Heather Dollman, for six counts of animal neglect, including two counts each of lack of food in sufficient quantity and quality; lack of necessary veterinary care; and unsuitable confinement.

"The horses will remain impounded by Lane County until there is a ruling regarding the citations by the Lane County Justice Court," the county said in a statement. "The horses will be evaluated by a veterinarian and housed with a rescue agency equipped to care for large animals."

The county said it received a tip from "an individual who was concerned about the apparent condition of the animals."

Dollman was also cited and found guilty of the neglect of three horses and one dog in 2013, the county noted.

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