JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says deputies seized 18 horses in Morrison because they were malnourished and had other health issues.
Sheriff’s office investigators and animal control officers served a warrant Monday at 17436 Forest Ave. as part of an investigation into suspected mistreatment of the horses.
The people responsible for caring for the horses face charges including misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
A statement from officials says the owners of the property say it is a Paso Fino horse rescue. “Since 2001, they have received 4 verbal warnings and 7 state warnings regarding the health of the horses on their property,” the statement says.
The sheriff’s office says veterinarians looked at the horses and found they were in poor condition. “The veterinarians suggested there was overwhelming evidence to support the seizure of all 18 horses on the property.”